Born at Pilas, near Seville, 1613; died 1685, 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 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. In this specimen of the artist he has proved what is chronologised of him: that there is but little of the Academy in his Design or composition. It is a chaste and faithful representation of what he saw or conceived. Truth and simplicity are never lost sight of. The colouring is clear, tender, and harmonious. To say too much of this picture, would be to diminish its excellence, and leave little to the eye of good taste. This artist descended from a family of respectable rank, in the province of Andalusia. Differently 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. . . . [P. 25.]
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