Born at Pilas near Seville 1685; died 1713, aged 72. . . . The scene is a solemn and poetic landscape. The time; night. The Saviour is represented kneeling with that holy humility of prayer,--"Not mine, but thy will be done." The angel is calmly and beautifully expressed, with one hand pointed to the earth, while the other is directed to heaven, strengthens him by the remembrance that his sacrifice shall purify the earth and draw all men unto himself. . . . It is a chaste and faithful representation of what he saw or conceived. . . . The colouring is clear, tender, and harmonious. . . . The artist descended from a family of respectable rank, in the province of Andalusia. Differing from Velasquez, who, from his courtly habits and intercourse with the great contracted a proud and swelling character, to which the simple and chaste Murillo never sought to aspire. A plain and pensive cast, sweetly tempered by humility and benevolence, marks his canvass; and on other occasions, where it is of necessity impassioned, it is the zeal of devotion, the influence of pious inspiration. His love of retirement, and attachment to his native city of Seville, was not to be superseded by any considerations of interest or ambition; and this led him to refuse the liberal offers of Charles II, of making him painter to the court. (On canvass--5 ft. by 5 ft. 8 in.) [P. 23.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.