St. Diego Giving Alms (1645 – 1646) by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

St. Diego Giving Alms - Bartolome Esteban Murillo - 1645 - 1646

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Diego Giving Alms
ArtistBartolome Esteban Murillo
Date1645 - 1646
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain

About St. Diego Giving Alms

The artwork titled “St. Diego Giving Alms” is a religious painting by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, created in the period of 1645-1646. Utilizing oil on canvas, Murillo produced this piece as a testament to the Baroque art movement, characterized by its emotional drama and use of chiaroscuro. Presently, the painting is housed at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain.

The artwork captures a poignant moment of charity and compassion. At the center, St. Diego is depicted in humble Franciscan robes with his hands clasped in prayer or supplication. Surrounding him are a variety of figures, representing a cross-section of society, all drawn together by the act of giving or receiving alms. The emotional resonance of the piece is highlighted by the artist’s skillful rendering of expressions and gestures.

Children, women, and men, each with distinct expressions and appearances, receive benevolence from the hands of the saint. Murillo’s attention to detail is evident in the faces and postures of the characters, suggesting individual stories and experiences. This visual narrative embodies the Baroque ethos by deeply engaging the viewer and encouraging contemplation on the virtues of charity and humility.

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