The Immaculate Conception in Art – Annual Post

December 8, AD 2015 9 Comments

For the last five years, I have posted this collection of paintings on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you have any to add or see any corrections I need to make, please email me at Enjoy! And don’t forget to go to Mass today.

From the very beginning, and before time began, the eternal Father chose and prepared for his only-begotten Son a Mother in whom the Son of God would become incarnate and from whom, in the blessed fullness of time, he would be born into this world. Above all creatures did God so loved her that truly in her was the Father well pleased with singular delight. Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully. -Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854 Ineffabilis Deus

Here are some paintings inspired by The Immaculate Conception.


The Immaculate Conception of the Venerable Ones, or of Soult, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1678)

Immaculate Conception Murillo_Bartolome_Esteban

Esquilache Immaculate Conception, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1645-1655)


The Immaculate Conception – La Colosal, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1650)

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La Inmaculada Concepción de El Escorial, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1660-1665)

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La Inmaculada Concepción del espejo, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1660 until 1678)

Immaculate-Conception-1619 Diego-Velazquez

The Immaculate Conception, Diego Velazquez (1619)

Immaculate-conception Zurbaran

The Immaculate Conception, Francisco de Zurbarán (1628-1630)

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Immaculate Conception, Giuseppe Angeli (1765)

Immaculate-Conception-1650 Jose-Antolinez

The Immaculate Conception, Jose Antolinez (1650)

Immaculate-Conception- Jusepe-de-Ribera

The Immaculate Conception, Jusepe de Ribera (1635)

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The Immaculate Conception by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1768)

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  • bill bannon

    Very beautiful. I find the putti tradition odd….baby figures as angels since it is unsupported by the Bible…..and by the fact that good angels made a mature once for all decision for God. But the paintings are nice to see. Tiepelo at bottom is perhaps my fav here.

    • Let the little children come to me and do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of Heaven is made of such as these. Jesus said to the Apostles.

  • Bill S

    A part of me tells me to stick to the truth whatever the consequences. Another part of me tells me to do what is best for the world and don’t be so literal.

    Worldwide devotion to Mary would turn this world into a heaven on earth. Worldwide acceptance of what I believe to be the real truth would turn this world into a hell on earth.


    “God is necessary, and therefore must exist.”
    “Well, that’s wonderful.”
    “But I know that he does not and cannot exist.”
    “That’s more like it.”
    “Don’t you understand that a man with these two thoughts cannot go on living?”- Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons

    • God exists, therefore He is necessary.

      What a wonder.

      I know nothing without Him.

      That’s it.

      Live well.

      • Bill S

        Life is a wonder. The first living organism had a complete genome with programed instructions written in a code consisting of four components in different arrangements. Whatever did that is the wonder of all wonders.

        • Charles C

          The Atheist would insist that this life is a random accident. It is entirely too sophisticated to be a random event.

  • Beautiful! I can’t think of anything else to say. Just beautiful! Thanks for posting them.

  • MikefromED


    Sorry that this has nothing to do with this post but I would like to draw your attention to something which a lot of people are reading. It’s about a supposed dire link between science and ‘medieval scholasticism’:

    Dirk H has made some pertinent comments.
    It’s also referred to at:

    (On that one you have to scroll down quite a bit to find it.)

  • MikefromED

    Ooops, sorry, that should be Stacy.