Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo, the son of a barber, was born in Seville on January 1st, 1618 and grew up with his sister after the death of his parents. At the age of 27 he got married and had 9 children with his wife. His place of work was and remained in Seville, where learned to paint and draw. He painted initially rather cheap paintings, but later became known and recognized for his Christian pictures.
In 1660, Murillo founded the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville. After the death of his wife in 1664, he was unable to continue painting because of his grief and went to a Capuchin convent with his children. In the following time he painted many of his main religious works: altarpieces for the Auguster Monastery, Santa Maria La Blanca and for the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes.