The Immaculate Conception (c. 1628-1630) by Francisco De Zurbaran

The Immaculate Conception - Francisco De Zurbaran - c. 1628-1630

Artwork Information

TitleThe Immaculate Conception
ArtistFrancisco De Zurbaran
Datec. 1628-1630
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions54 3/4 x 41 in. (139 x 104 cm)
Current LocationMuseo Del Prado, Madrid

About The Immaculate Conception

Francisco De Zurbaran was a Spanish Baroque artist known for his religious paintings. One of his most famous works is a depiction of the Immaculate Conception, created between 1628-1630. This painting portrays the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin.

The Immaculate Conception is an important doctrine in the Catholic Church and has been depicted in art for centuries. In Zurbaran’s painting, Mary is shown standing on a crescent moon with her arms outstretched, adorned with white robes and a golden halo. The bright blue background symbolizes purity and heaven, emphasizing the holiness of Mary’s birth.

Zurbaran’s use of light and shadow creates a dramatic effect on the painting. The folds in Mary’s clothes are highlighted by dramatic shadows and highlights that give depth to the otherwise static image. The overall effect is both exquisitely detailed and tenderly respectful.

Overall, Zurbaran’s depiction captures not only what this concept meant to believers at that time but also shows off his technical skill when it comes to handling color harmony and contrast in painting techniques.

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