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Madonna with a rosary, Bartolome Esteban Murillo - description of the painting

Madonna with a rosary, Bartolome Esteban Murillo - description of the painting

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Madonna with a rosary - Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 164 x 110 cm

This picture is a vivid example of how the artist “inscribed” anachronism in the biblical plot. At the time of the artist, such rosary, as well as prayer closely associated with them, were widespread and were considered an indispensable attribute of a truly believing Spaniard and Spanish.

The figures of the Madonna with the baby Jesus in her arms are depicted on a dark, rather gloomy background of a closed room, because of which the child’s body and delicate fair skin of a woman seem to be just shining with a special inner light. Virgin Mary sits on a massive bench, clutching a naked body of a baby. Both the mother and the son have stern, unsmiling faces, as if they both foresee the future sadness, grief and suffering that will fall upon their family.

In this picture, the inherent sense of color and the ability to masterfully convey the texture of the fabric were fully manifested. The draperies of the outfit of the Virgin Mary are so expressive that one cannot look away from them. A blue silky cloak throws violet highlights on the rusty-red fabric of the main dress, and the finest creamy veil around the neck of the Virgin echoes her pale, porcelain skin. Both mother and child, without taking their eyes off, look directly at the viewer, literally penetrating the soul with their bright black eyes with sadness hidden in them.

Watch the video: Virgin Of The Rosary, Bartolome Murillo (May 2022).