Artist workshop of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish, 1617-1682
  • The Immaculate Conception
Date 17th Century
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 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)
Credit Line Gift of James E. Scripps
Accession Number 89.70
Department European Painting
Not On View
possibly Madrid, Collection Royal Palace, King of Spain;
France, collection General Desolle, by 1808-10;
by descent to General Desolle's daughter;
London, Samuel Woodburn (dealer-purchased from Desolle's daughter);
Holland, collection the King of Holland, purchased for £4000 (until 1850);
Auction King of Holland, 12 August, 1850, lot , (sold for florins 36,000, equivalent to $15,480); purchased by W. H. Aspinwell
New York, collection W. H. Aspinwell;
Auction Witt Aspinwell, Christie's, London, 25 June 1887, lot 142, purchased by Gardner; (or bought in?)
Collection Gardner (dealer?);
Auction, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 21, April 1888, lot 117, purchased by James E. Scripps (for 1,000 guineas);
Detroit, Collection James E. Scripps (purchased in April, 1888; London) by whom given to the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1889.
Stirling-Maxwell, Sir William Annals of the Artists of Spain 1848, London; Volume 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 Diary of George Templeton Strong, "The Turbulent Fifties: 1850-1859" 1858, aet 38, p. 383, p. 392.

Harper's Weekly, 30 June, 1858. [includes an engraving of the painting] (As Murillo).

Rosetti, W.M. The Crayon: "W.H. Aspinwall's Gallery" February, 1859, no. 2, p. 62 (As Murillio).

Harper's Weekly New York, 26 February, 1859 [includes an engraving of the painting] (As Murillo)

The Evening Post New York, 20 April, 1864, "Fine Arts: Mr. Aspinwall's Gallery" (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, 1 May, 1891, vol. II, no. 13, p. 151 (As Murillo).

"The James E. Scripps Collection of Old Masters" Bulletin of the DMA, vol. 1, no. 3, 1904, p. 3, repr. (As Murillo)

Detroit, Detroit Museum of Art, Handbook of Paintings by the Old Masters, 1910, pp. 36-38, no. 48, repr. (As Murillo)

"The Story of Christ, as Related in Paintings in the Museum," Bulletin of the DMA, vol. 2, no. 1, 1908, p. 2, repr. p. 3 (as Murillo)

Mayer, A.L., Murillo, Stuttgart/Berlin, 1913 (The painting is not included)

Detroit, DIA, Catalogue of paintings, sculpture and contemporary arts and crafts, (cat. compiled by C. Burroughs), 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. & Burroughs, C.H., 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, Detroit, DIA, 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.), Detroit, DIA, Catalogue of Paintings, 1944, p. 94, no. 154 (as workshop of Murillo).

Columbus, OH, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts: "Masterpieces of Spanish Painting", 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)

The National Gallery London El Greco to Goya: The Taste for Spanish Paintings in Britain and Ireland 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.

Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum-Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) Paintings from American Collections", 2002, p. 109, fig. 99 (painting not in exhibition).

Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Museum, "The Soul of Spain", 2005, pp. 204-205, cat. 55, repr. (As workshop of Murillo )