"Bartolome Esteban Murillo. (see no. 551.) The conception. 51 x 73. Original in the Royal gallery of Madrid. Copy by A. Leonardi, of Rome. This is a very fine copy of Murillo's most celebrated painting. The belief in the immaculate conception of the virgin - which means that she never incurred the stain of original sin - was pretty nearly universal in the catholic church previous to the solemn promulgation of the doctrine of Pius IX in 1854. It is the idea of her sinless purity which Murillo so exquisitely embodied in this painting." (see serial 04120377 for commentary on artist.)
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.