The Immaculate Conception, 17th century

  • Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish, 1617-1682

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 78 x 53 inches (198.1 x 134.6 cm)
  • Framed: 93 1/2 x 62 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (237.5 x 158.1 x 11.4 cm)

Gift of James E. Scripps



European Painting

  • Christianity
  • Immaculate conception
  • Putti
  • Spanish
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Palm frond
  • Spain
  • Virgin mary
  • Roses
  • Lilies
  • Clouds


possibly collection of Royal Palace, King of Spain (Madrid, Spain); by 1808-10, collection General Desolle (France); by descent to General Desolle's daughter; purchased by (Samuel Woodburn, London, England); until 1850, purchased by the King of Holland (Holland, Netherlands); 1850, sold at auction of King of Holland; 1850, purchased by W. H. Aspinwell (New York, USA); 1887, sold at auction of Witt Aspinwell (Christie's, London, England), lot 142; 1887, purchased by Gardner [or bought in?]; 1888, sold (Christie, Manson & Woods, London, England), lot 117; 1888, purchased by James E. Scripps [1835-1906] (Detroit, Michigan, USA); 1889-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Stirling-Maxwell. Sir William Annals of the Artists of Spain. London, 1848, vol. III, p. 1418 [as Murillo]. Catalogue des Tableaux Anciens et Modernes, de diverses ecoles, dessins et statues, formant la Galerie de fen Sa Majeste Guillaume II, Roi des Pays-Bas, Prince D'orange-Nassau, Grand-Duc de Luxembourg etc, etc, etc. 12 August, 1850, Amersterdam, no. 116, p. 52 [as Murillo, Bartholome Esteban]. Strong, G. T. "The Turbulent Fifties: 1850-1859," The Diary of George Templeton Strong.1858, aet 38, p. 383, p. 392. Harper's Weekly (June 30, 1858). [includes an engraving of the painting] [as Murillo]. Rosetti, W.M. "W.H. Aspinwall's Gallery," The Crayon (February 1859): no. 2, p. 62 [as Murillio]. Harper's Weekly. New York, (February 26, 1859) [includes an engraving of the painting] [as Murillo]. "Fine Arts: Mr. Aspinwall's Gallery," The Evening Post. New York (April 20, 1864) [as Murillo]. Curtis, C.B. Velázquez and Murillo: A Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of the Works. London & New York, 1883, no. 34, p.132 [as Murillo]. The Collector: "The Scripps Old Masters." New York City (May 1, 1891): vol. II, no. 13, p. 151 [as Murillo]. Scripps, James E. Handbook of the Paintings Ancient and Modern Belonging to the Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1895, pp. 27-28. "The James E. Scripps Collection of Old Masters," Bulletin of the DMA 1, no. 3 (1904): p. 3, (repr.) [as Murillo]. Handbook of Paintings by the Old Masters. DMA. Detroit, 1910, pp. 36-38, no. 48, (repr.) [as Murillo]. "The Story of Christ, as Related in Paintings in the Museum," Bulletin of the DMA 2, no. 1 (1908): p. 2, (repr.) p. 3 [as Murillo]. Mayer, A.L. Murillo. Stuttgart/Berlin, 1913 [the painting is not included]. Burroughs, C. Catalogue of paintings, sculpture and contemporary arts and crafts. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1920, pp. 87-88, no. 88, (repr.) [as Murillo]. The More Important Paintings and Sculptures of The Detroit Institute of Arts of the CIty of Detroit. 1927, p. 117. [as Murillo]. Valentiner, W.R. & C.H. Burroughs. A Guide to the Collections of The Detroit Institute of Arts of the City of Detroit. Detroit, 1927, p. 20. [as Murillo]. Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, cat. 154, (repr.) [as Murillo]. Mayer, A.L. "Anotaciones a obras murillescas," Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, vol. 42 (1934): p. 18 [as workshop of Murillo]. Scheyer, E. Baroque Painting. DIA. Detroit, 1937, pp. 20-22, (repr.) p. 23, (fig. 8) [as Murillo]. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Paintings and Sculptures Illustrated. Detroit, 1943, p. 165 [as Murillo]. Richardson, E. P., ed. Catalogue of Paintings. DIA. Detroit, 1944, p. 94, no. 154 [as workshop of Murillo]. Masterpieces of Spanish Painting. Exh. cat., Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. Columbus, OH, 1954, no. 20. [check] Fleming, W. Arts and Ideas. New York, 1955, p. 294, (fig. 343) [as Murillo]. Gaya Nuño, J.A. La Pintura Española fuera de España. Madrid, 1958, p. 253, n.1972 [as Murillo]. Gaya Nuño, J.A. L'opera pittorica completa di Murillo. Milan, 1972, no. 293 [as Murillo; Gaya indicates that DIA considers it a workshop painting]. Bossenbrook, William John and Rolf Johannesen. Foundations of Western Civilization. Boston, 1939, p. 624-625 (ill.). Young, E. Bartolomé Murillo Werkverzeichnis. Frankfurt, 1980, p. 90 no. 286. Angulo Iñiguez, D. Murillo, su vida, su arte, su obra. Madrid, 1981, vol. 2, pp. 112-114, no. 105; vol. 3, pl. 373 [as Murillo]. El Greco to Goya: The Taste for Spanish Paintings in Britain and Ireland. The National Gallery. London, 1981, p. 83 [as Murillo]. Rose de Viejo, I. "Manuel Godoy, Patrón de las artes y coleccionista." unpublished Ph.D. diss., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1981, catalogue vol. I, pp. 291-293, no. 379. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) Paintings from American Collections. Exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Fort Worth/Los Angeles, 2002, p. 109, (fig. 99) [painting not in exhibition]. The Soul of Spain. Exh. cat., Albuquerque Museum. Albuquerque, 2005, pp. 204-205, cat. 55, (repr.) [as workshop of Murillo].

Rights Status

workshop of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Immaculate Conception, 17th century, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of James E. Scripps, 89.70.