• Boy with a Dog

    Artist:
    Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban. 1617-1682
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    70x60 cm

Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban. 1617-1682

Boy with a Dog

Spain, second half of the 1650s

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was the greatest Spanish painter in the second half of the 17th century. The artist was already so popular in his own lifetime the King of Spain forbade the removal of his paintings from the country. In his art Murillo continued the traditions of Realism, features of which revealed themselves most fully in his genre paintings. The best of these include his depictions of the street urchins of Seville, his own native city. In this Boy with a Dog, produced early in the artist’s career, we can sense a slight note of sentimentalism, although it does not have the idealization coupled at times with sugariness that appeared in the artist’s late works. Murillo managed to splendidly convey the lively, eloquent facial expression of the street boy turning to a dog that has attached itself to him. This work has a companion piece – Girl with Flowers and Fruit that is now in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. The two works are linked by both composition and content. They are the sole surviving paired paintings by this artist.

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Boy with a Dog

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oil

Dimensions:

70x60 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the Duc de Etienne-Francois Choiseul collection in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-386

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