The Marriage of the Virgin

The Marriage of the Virgin

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

  • Year created: c. 1670
  • Creator: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
  • Country of Origin: Spain
  • Dimensions: 76.2 x 56.5 cm
  • Collection: Paintings
  • Gallery: Great Gallery

This brilliant, jewel-like painting represents the marriage of the Virgin Mary to Joseph. Murillo conveys humanity in this religious scene in details such as the tenderly clasped hands of the newly-weds and the women chatting at the left. The vibrant colours and soft modelling of forms make this as one of the artist’s masterpieces. The intimate scale and mahogany panel, a precious wood imported from the New World, indicate that it was probably produced for a wealthy, private patron.

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