Murillo, Bartolome Esteban - The Infant Jesus Distributing Bread to the Pilgrims

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SKU: 46 Religious

An archival premium Quality art Print of The Infant Jesus Distributing Bread to the Pilgrims by Bartolome Esteban for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist completed the oil on canvas in the year 1678 when he was sixty years old. The size of the original artwork is 86 by 72 inches and now hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest coming to this institution from the Esterhazy collection. The painting was commissioned by Canon Justino de Neve for the refectory of a home for retired Priests in Seville, thus the choice of this theme with Jesus giving bread to the elderly which was an action symbolizing charity. This is a vertical Baroque composition with the Christ Child in the center. Mary seated behind the Child is the embodiment of motherhood, a human being of this Earth, anxious and concerned as she watches her little son. In the 17th Century subtle brushwork and carefully selected colorings were used to separate what was earthly from what was heavenly. The angel, the infant Jesus and the putti floating among the clouds are represented as visionary beings, but Mary, the daughter of earthly people and the group of three pilgrims are all represented as human beings of this Earth. Religious art print #46

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