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The Young Beggar

Bartolome Esteban Murillo

The Young Beggar

Bartolome Esteban Murillo
  • Date: c.1650
  • Style: Baroque
  • Genre: genre painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: children portraits
  • Dimensions: 134 x 100 cm
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Murillo was known for his realistic paintings of all aspects of his daily life, and this painting poignantly depicts a beggar boy, sitting alone in a street corner, destitute and forlorn. The painting is a wonderful 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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