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Birth And Early Life Of Murillo
Bartolome Esteban Murillo was born at Seville, probably on the last day of December, 1617, and was baptized on the first day of January, 1618.
Murillo Period 1645-1660
The same year (1656) Murillo's great friend and patron, the Canon Don Justino Neve y Yevenes, commissioned him to paint four large semicircular pictures for the church of Santa Maria la Blanca, which was being restored.
Murillo Period 1660-1671
In 1668 Murillo was employed to restore some allegorical paintings by Cespedes in the Cathedral chapter-room, and to execute a full-length Virgin of the Conception, together with eight oval half-length pictures of saints.
Murillo Period 1671-1674
Murillo was now at the zenith of his power. In 1671 he commenced a series of paintings for the old-established brotherhood of the Holy Charity in Seville, to which he himself had been allied as lay brother since 1665.
Murillo Period 1674-1680
Murillo's great patrons were the Franciscans, who employed him in his first important works for their small convent in Seville. Now when his reputation was assured, he received an order from another Franciscan convent known as that of the Capuchins.
Paintings Of Murillo
Murillo generally represented the boy Christ and John accompanied by a lamb, and must often have found his models in the streets of Seville, where it was, and still is, a custom to bring to market for the paschal feast lambs, which are led about by children.
Murillo Landscapes, Portraits, And Drawings
Murillo was no exception to the rule that all Spanish artists are good portrait painters. The few which he executed are of the highest merit, and show that he had profited by the time spent under the renowned Velazquez.
Murillo's Last Painting
When Murillo felt that his end was approaching he sent for his notary, Antonio Guerrero, to make his will. But death came so quickly that he was unable to sign it. He died April 3rd, 1682, in the arms of his friend Neve and his pupil Villavicencio.
The Daily Miracle
Genius is never rewarded by even an extra hour a day. And there is no punishment. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you.
The Desire To Exceed One's Programme
Until an effort is made to satisfy that wish, the sense of uneasy waiting for something to start which has not started will remain to disturb the peace of the soul.
Precautions Before Beginning
The most important preliminary to the task of arranging one's life so that one may live fully and comfortably within one's daily budget of twenty-four hours is the calm realisation of the extreme difficulty of the task, of the sacrifices and the endless effort which it demands.
The Cause Of The Trouble
Now the great and profound mistake which my typical man makes in regard to his day is a mistake of general attitude, a mistake which vitiates and weakens two-thirds of his energies and interests.
Tennis And The Immortal Soul
I do not suggest that you should employ three hours every night of your life in using up your mental energy. But I do suggest that you might, for a commencement, employ an hour and a half every other evening in some important and consecutive cultivation of the mind.
Remember Human Nature
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. If you imagine that you will be able to devote seven hours and a half a week to serious, continuous effort, and still live your old life, you are mistaken.
Controlling The Mind
By the regular practice of concentration you can tyrannise over your mind (which is not the highest part of you) every hour of the day, and in no matter what place.
The Reflective Mood
The exercise of concentrating the mind (to which at least half an hour a day should be given) is a mere preliminary, like scales on the piano. Having acquired power over that most unruly member of one's complex organism, one has naturally to put it to the yoke.
Interest In The Arts
Many people pursue a regular and uninterrupted course of idleness in the evenings because they think that there is no alternative to idleness but the study of literature, and they do not happen to have a taste for literature. This is a great mistake.
Nothing In Life Is Humdrum
Art is a great thing. But it is not the greatest. The most important of all perceptions is the continual perception of cause and effect—in other words, the perception of the continuous development of the universe.
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