John Frederick Lewis, R.A. / Murillo Painting the Virgin in the Franciscan Convent at Seville / 1838John Frederick Lewis, R.A.
Murillo Painting the Virgin in the Franciscan Convent at Seville

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Creator Name: Lewis, John Frederick
Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Role: painter
Creator Dates/Places: 1805 - 1876
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John Frederick Lewis, R.A.
Title: Murillo Painting the Virgin in the Franciscan Convent at Seville
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1838
Creation End Date: 1838
Creation Date: 1838
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: bodycolor and watercolor over graphite on heavy watercolor paper
Dimensions: H.21-1/2 x W.29-3/4 in.
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE; DATE
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 69.52
Credit Line: The David Daniels Fund

It was a visit to Spain in 1832 which inspired John Frederick Lewis to paint this watercolor. For his theme, Lewis went back in time to 1645 when the Spanish master Bartolomé-Esteban Murillo (1618-82) painted eleven pictures for the Franciscan convent in his hometown of Seville. These pictures established Murillo's reputation as one of the leading artists of the period. Besides the introduction of more exotic subject matter into his work, the Spanish trip also helped to encourage Lewis to intensify his color.

Lewis's watercolor technique was influenced by William Henry Hunt (also represented in this installation). Lewis looked to Hunt's meticulous style, and then developed his own method of blending transparent watercolor with Chinese white to achieve a chromatic opulence. In the work on view, he uses bright, gemlike colors and shows a fascination for the effects of light in all its aspects.

AMICA ID: MIA_.69.52
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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