BARTOLOMÉ ESTEBAN MURILLO
Laughing Spanish Farmboy, 1670 - 1680
Murillo was the fourteenth child of a barber in Sevilla, South Spain. The poor and ragged street children which he has painted so often are from memories of his own childhood and youth.
He was ten years old when his father died, and an older brother saw to it that the Bartolomé would come to an experienced painter, Juan de Castillo, as his apprentice. He became a painter well-liked by the people in his time for his Madonnas floating in the sky with a sweet enchanted look in their eyes.
In the 20th century, the realist Murillo was discovered who portrays the poor beggar children playing on the streets.
There is a golden light shining in these images for which he is famous, and he has been called the spanish Raffael. His streetboys are as beautiful and graceful as the little angels of the Italian artist - only they are clothed in rags.