Church of Santa Maria La Blanca (Murillo).


The church of Santa María la blanca, initially was a synagogue, which was abandoned after the expulsion of the Jews. In the year 1661 with the papal bull of Alejandro seventh on the dogma of the immaculate, this temple was converted into a baroque church, we must say that the dogma of the immaculate was implemented with great success in the city of Seville and was an inspiration for the baroque painters.


The works of the new baroque temple were commissioned to Pedro Sánchez Falconete and the plasterwork was commissioned to the Borja Brothers. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was commissioned in 1662 and it took three years to finish.

Although this was not the first work of Murillo since since 1652 the Holy Supper is preserved, the only original painting left in the church. All the pictorial work was related to the Marian advocation. The works and the copies of them that are kept in the church are as follows.

The Holy Supper 1665: tenebrist painting, with a night background, lighting of the candles that give light to the faces present. It shows the apostles paying attention to the moment of the consecration of bread for Christ. Their looks reflect the naturalism of Murillo and some rough expressions, only judas Iscariote gives back.

Immaculate: copy of the original. The painting represents the immaculate style of Murillo, on the left with the angels showing a banner and on the right the faithful representing Christianity.

Triumph of the Faith and the Eucharist: copy by hand. Painted for the gospel ship. Faith is shown on one side with the chalice and on the other with the ostia. Opposite is a series of faithful and on the other hand an angel with another banner. This painting pairs with the immaculate in an intelligent game of symmetry.

The dream of the patricio Juan and his wife. Copy of the original. It tells the miraculous foundation of Santa Maria the largest in Rome, in which the Virgin dreams appear to the patricio Juan and his wife where he indicated the place of the creation of a church in his name in the mount and Esquilino. Murillo shows the scene at the time of the siesta although with a patent unit. Books that indicate the previous activity are also shown. In the background the mountain is shown with snow and with gray tones.

The patricio Juan before the Pope Liberio. Hand copy of the original. This painting would show the second part of the Miracle described above. The first part shows the patrician and his wife dressed elegantly in front of Pope Liberius to inform of the miraculous apparition. The scene is shown with a certain penumbra. The other part shows a procession of the faithful with Pope Liberio presiding over her and in lighter tones, from the sky the virgin is seen observing the scene.