Immaculate Conception

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Location: 
Room 034
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Francisco de Zurbarán
Fuente de Cantos, 1598 – Madrid, 1664
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The Immaculate Conception represents Mary as the only mortal being free of original sin. This is a long-established Catholic doctrinal argument, frequently depicted in the painting of the Spanish Golden Age. Mary appears standing on five cherubim occupying a half moon. She is wearing a necklace with the anagram A(ve) M(aria), while a host of stars and angels emerge from the clouds in the halo around her head. On either side are angels with lilies, roses (attributes of purity) and tablets with inscriptions from the 'Song of Songs'. At the sides are two collegiates and symbols alluding to Mary: the Unblemished Mirror, Jacob's Ladder, Gates of Heaven and Morning Star. Zurbarán painted several versions of this theme, but this one is unquestionably the best.

Painting

1632

252 x 170 cm

Santiago Espona Bequest, 1958

Inventory number: 

065578-000

Oil on canvas
Century: 17th
Subject: Religion
Francisco de Zurbarán - Immaculada Concepció - 1632
Immaculada Concepció
Francisco de Zurbarán - Immaculada Concepció - 1632 [1]
Instalación de la «Inmaculada Concepción» de Francisco de Zurbarán en el Museu d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, 1980
Francisco de Zurbarán - Immaculada Concepció - 1632 [2]
Exposición «La época de los genios, Renacimiento y Barroco», Museu d’Història de la Ciutat, Girona, 1987
Francisco de Zurbarán - Immaculada Concepció - 1632 [3]
Instalación de la «Inmaculada Concepción» de Francisco de Zurbarán en el MNAC, Barcelona, 2004
Francisco de Zurbarán - Immaculada Concepció - 1632 [4]
Exposición «Zurbarán en el Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya», MNAC, Barcelona, 1998
Francisco de Zurbarán - Immaculada Concepció - 1632 [5]
Exposición «El esplendor de la pintura del Barroco. Mecenazgo catalán en el Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya», MNAC, Barcelona, 1996