La Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception) – A masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
The image shows La Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception), a beautiful painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a Baroque-style painter from Spain known for religious masterpieces. This painting adorns the interior wall of the dome of the Sala Capitular (Chapter House), an oval-shaped hall attached to the southeast side of the Seville Cathedral.
This painting is one of the twenty-four Murillo painted in his lifetime on the theme of Immaculate Conception. In this painting, he presents the Virgin Mary up in heaven with a bright light behind her. Clad in a white robe and blue cloak, she is standing on a crescent moon and is among children and angels. With her hands clasped, she is looking downwards with grace.
The crescent moon conveys important symbolism, i.e., conquering sin. Note that the Immaculate Conception is a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church that states the Virgin Mary is born without original sin.
A highly decorative frame with beautiful artwork encloses La Inmaculada. Above the frame is an inscription in Latin describing the painting.
– Seville Cathedral: An awe-inspiring architectural marvel
– La Giralda: A harmonious blend of Moorish and Renaissance architectural styles
– Sala Capitular – The Chapter House of the Seville Cathedral
– Sacristía Mayor – The Main Sacristy of the Seville Cathedral
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