Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Spanish (1618–1682)

Adoration of the Shepherds 

1668

Oil on canvas

Gift of Nomina Cox Horton

2010.37

Described as “the Raphael of Seville,” Murillo painted many works and altarpieces for monasteries and churches. This painting may be a study or a preliminary painting for a much larger work, now in the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville, which he painted in 1668 for the church of the Capucines. This graceful composition reflects the sincere faith of a deeply religious man, and of his Counter-Reformation patrons. Also known for his genre paintings depicting street scenes, Murillo blended naturalistic and poetic qualities with highly popular subjects.

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