Franz von Lenbach
Virgin and Child (Copy of a painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618–1682), c. 1670, in the Galleria Corsini, Rome), 1865
Öl auf Leinwand, 167,4 x 110,0 cm
1865 durch Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack erworben
Inv. Nr. 11431
Virgin and Child (Copy of a painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618–1682), c. 1670, in the Galleria Corsini, Rome)
Murillo was greatly admired in the nineteenth century for naturalistic depictions of ordinary people that were infused with poetic sensibility. Like many of his contemporaries, Schack viewed the Virgin and Child in the Galleria Corsini in terms of a genre painting: ‘The mother with her child is a young middle-class woman, with a trace of the gypsy about her, such as can be seen every day in the streets of Seville.’ Schack specifically requested Lenbach to copy this painting.