La Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception) – A masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
The image shows La Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception), a beautiful painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a Baroque-style painter from Spain known for religious masterpieces. This painting adorns the south section of the dome of the Sala Capitular (Chapter House), an oval-shaped hall attached to the southeast side of the Seville Cathedral.
This painting is one of the twenty-four Murillo painted in his lifetime on the theme of Immaculate Conception, a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church that states that the Virgin Mary is born without original sin.
In this painting, he presents the Virgin Mary up in heaven with a bright light behind her. Clad in a white robe and blue cloak, she is standing on a crescent moon and is among children and angels. With her hands folded, she is looking downwards with grace. If you look closely, the Virgin Mary is floating above a crescent moon, which conveys an important symbolism, i.e., conquering sin.
A highly decorative frame with beautiful artwork encloses La Inmaculada. Above the frame is an inscription in Latin describing the painting.
The Immaculate Conception is a popular theme in the pieces of art present in the Seville Cathedral. For example, a beautiful silver sculpture representing the Immaculate Conception is in the Sacristía Mayor (Main Sacristy).
Related Posts and Pages
– Seville Cathedral: An awe-inspiring architectural marvel
— Sala Capitular – The Chapter House of the Seville Cathedral
— Sacristía Mayor – The Main Sacristy of the Seville Cathedral
– La Giralda: A harmonious blend of Moorish and Renaissance architectural styles
– Las Setas of Seville – A modern artistic structure in a historical city
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