The Birth of the Virgin (Murillo)

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Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo - Birth of the Virgin - WGA16372.jpg

The Birth of the Virgin is a 1661 painting by the Spanish artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.


He painted it for the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Seville Cathedral, from which it and the same artist's Immaculate Conception were looted by French troops under marshal Jean de Dieu Soult. The French had hoped to confiscate The Vision of Saint Anthony of Padua, but the city council proposed to exchange that work for Birth and it was thus removed from the chapel. It is now in the Louvre in Paris.


  • Nina A. Mallory El Greco to Murillo: Spanish Painting in the Golden Age, 1556-1700, Harper & Row, 1990. ISBN 9780064355315
  • Albert Frederick Calvert, Murillo C. Scribner's sons, 1908. OCLC 66738190