Murillo's sensitive treatment of angels made him famous. His angels were often copied and adapted into separate compositions. In this instance, the artist has taken two angels from a Murillo original and shown them praying before a crown of thorns. Such an image would have been popular in Seville as a visual aid for the contemplation of Christ's suffering on the cross.


  • Title: Two Child Angels
  • Date: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w273 x h210 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Spanish
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • After: Murillo, Bartolomé Estéban
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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