Saturday, March 17, 2007


This picture was made by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, born in 1617 in Seville (Spain) who died there in 1682. A Spanish painter, Murillo is one of the most important figures in Baroque painting in Spain. Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a considerable number of paintings of contemporary women and children.

Murillo was exceedingly popular. Dutch and Flemish patrons of the arts residing in Seville eagerly bought Murillo’s works. Art lovers in Britain and Germany collected Murillo’s paintings from the early eighteenth century and by the middle of the century he was the best-known Spanish artist in France. This popularity lasted up until the end of the nineteenth century when his work lost favor because of its sweet nature.

This picture was part of the famous
auctioning off of the late Sir George Lindsay Holford's collection in May 1928 and fetched that day 5880 Pounds. It reached 6300 Pounds at the Goldsmith sale some years later and was sold in 1959 to John Carras, a Greek ship owner, for 25,000 Pounds. In 1983 it was sold for £ 378,000 ($582,000).

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