Google Doodle pays homage to Spanish painter Murillo

Google is paying tribute to Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, the 17th century Spanish painter, with a doodle in honour of his 400th anniversary.

The doodle depicts a modified version of Murillo’s famous oil painting “Two Women at a Window”, currently housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, USA. The original painting features two women looking out of an open window — one leaning on the window sill with her chin in her hand and the other peering out from the wooden frame with a hint of a smile, her face half-covered with a shawl.

Hailing from Sevilla in Spain, Murillo was an important painter in the Sevillian school of the Baroque era. His works were a mix of religious scenes, especially Roman Catholic figures, portraits and still-lifes in oil and fresco.He studied with the accomplished painter and fellow-Sevillian Juan del Castillo and was known for his “dramatic lighting, radiant color palette, and versatility”.

Murillo’s work dealt mostly with themes related to Christianity. His style, keeping with the markings of the Baroque era, depicted Catholic saints in an aura of divine grandeur, as depicted in ‘The Virgin of the Rosary,’ ‘Apparition of the Virgin to St. Ildefonsus,’ and ‘The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary’, among others.

To celebrate 400 years of Murillo, his work, currently held at numerous galleries across the world including in Madrid, Russia and London, will be displayed in a series of major exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Sevilla.

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