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Google celebrates 400 years of Spanish Baroque painter Murillo with a doodle
The internet search engine and technology giant Google marks 400 years of noted Spanish Baroque painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo with his work on its home page on November 29.

The painting on the home page of Google depicts two women in a window. Throughout the year, cultural activities across the world to make this the 'Year of Murillo' are taking place.

"Bartolome Esteban Murillo painted historical and religious scenes, portraits, and still lives in oil and fresco during the golden era of Spanish art. Known for his dramatic lighting, radiant color palette, and versatility, Murillo brought to life a wide range of subjects, from the grandeur of his Immaculate Conception to the casual grace of Two Women at a Window," wrote Google in its blog.

According to Google, although his exact birth date is unknown, he was baptized on New Year's Day 1618 in Seville's Church of St. Mary Magdalen and lived in Seville most of his life.

He was taught painting by the accomplished painter Juan del Castillo, a relative on his mother's side of the family, Murillo would eventually surpass his master and be considered the head of what became known as the 'Sevillian School' of the Baroque era, added the blog.

"Renowned for his independent spirit, Murillo cultivated his own style of painting, incorporating Flemish and Venetian influences and evolving throughout his career. During two extended trips to Madrid, he was introduced to Diego Velázquez and exposed to works by Venetian and Flemish masters, which deeply influenced his own work. In turn, Murillo's paintings would go on to influence such future masters as Thomas Gainsborough and Jean-Baptiste Greuze," wrote the blog lauding the painter's work.

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