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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Born in Seville in the closing days of 1617, he was the youngest of 14 siblings. Murillo was orphaned by both father and mother in 1627 and 1628 respectively, after which he became the ward of his sister's husband, Juan Agustín Lagares. In 1633 he decided to set sail for America, but the voyage never came to fruition, instead beginning his training as an artist in the workshop of the painter Juan del Castillo, who was married to one of his cousins. In 1645 he embarked on his first major work, painting a series of panels for the small cloister in the monastery of San Francisco in Seville, the success of which made him one of the most highly regarded painters in the city. During this period he was influenced both by the angelic glories of Roelas, and by the rounded volumes found in the work by Herrera the Elder and Zurbarán. As a result of his contact with Francisco de Herrera the Younger and a presumed journey to Madrid – where he became acquainted with the Venetian and Flemish paintings in the royal collection – his style gradually evolved to become more Baroque, enhanced by an atmosphere of light and space. He died suddenly in 1682 after a fall from some scaffolding while working on a painting intended for an altarpiece in the church of Los Capuchinos in Cadiz.

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