|The Two Trinities (1682) by Bartolome Murillo|
New Zealand 3d Stamp Issued Christmas 1965
National Gallery, London
Murillo faced extensive personal loss during his long life. He outlived three wives and all but three of his nine children. He also survived the plague that hit Seville in 1649, wiping out half the population of the city. No wonder his work included heavenly clouds and cherubs, as it must have been a welcome way to avoid all the death and sadness on earth!
Another of Murillo's works features in a UK stamp issue in 1967: Madonna in the Clouds.