St. Augustine with the Virgin and Child (c.1664 – c.1670) by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

St. Augustine with the Virgin and Child - Bartolome Esteban Murillo - c.1664 - c.1670

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TitleSt. Augustine with the Virgin and Child
ArtistBartolome Esteban Murillo
Datec.1664 - c.1670
Dimensions250 x 139 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseum of Fine Arts of Seville, Seville, Spain

About St. Augustine with the Virgin and Child

The artwork “St. Augustine with the Virgin and Child” was crafted by the renowned Spanish painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo approximately between 1664 and 1670. Murillo, eminent for his contributions to the Baroque movement, has dexterously rendered this religious painting, which measures 250 by 139 centimeters. Presently, this venerable piece resides at the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville in Seville, Spain.

The artwork elucidates a celestial and holy narrative, embracing the figures of St. Augustine, the Virgin Mary, and the Christ Child. Mary is portrayed seated with the young Christ in her arms, suggesting an aura of maternal tenderness and grace. St. Augustine, typically recognized for his theological insights, is depicted with humility, gazing at the mother and child with veneration. Above, a gathering of cherubs adds a divine ambiance, further emphasizing the sanctity of the subjects. The painting heralds the emotive and dramatic styles characteristic of Baroque art, employing chiaroscuro to highlight the figures and drawing the observer into a deep contemplation of the spiritual scene.

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