Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: The Young Beggar, c. 1645, oil

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: The Young Beggar, c. 1645, oil

5/7/2021, 4:47:46 PM
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo: The Young Beggar, c. 1645, oil on canvas, 134 x 100 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris #EstebanMurillo #Murillo #Art #Paintings #Painters #Arthistory #Sevilla #pittore #pittura #pintor #pintura #peintre #peinture #Arte #artista #Spanish #Maler #Malerei #oilpainting #SpanishArt #Espa ñol #masters #artpiece #painting #painter #Baroque The Young Beggar (also known as The Louse-Ridden Boy) is the first known example of the Murillo's overwhelmingly popular genre paintings featuring the street children of Seville. It reflects the harsh reality of 17th century Spain, where poverty was rampant and ravaging plagues left many children orphaned and left to fend for themselves on the streets. Murillo is known for his realistic paintings of all aspects of his daily life, and in this painting depicts a beggar boy, sitting alone in a street corner, destitute and forlorn. The painting is a good example of tenebrism, the portrayal of light and shadow, at which Murillo excelled. Clear sunlight shines through an opening, casting light on the boy, whose clothes are torn and feet are bare. A ceramic jug and a basket of apples lie at his side. You can almost feel the boys sorrow at his situation, as he grasps his clothes, hoping for a meal, or a bed, or whatever some nice passerby might offer him.

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