Buben beim Würfelspiel
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618-1682)

Buben beim Würfelspiel,

um 1675/80
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
146 x 108,5 cm
Displayed
Not on display
Department
Spanische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
597
Acquisition
1698 durch Kurfürst Max Emanuel von Gisbert van Colen erworben
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Buben beim Würfelspiel, um 1675/80, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/A0GOllK4dp (Last updated on 30.08.2022)
Two boys are sitting outside on the ground, absorbed in their game of dice. The boy on the right of the picture is perhaps hiding another die in his closed hand. A young boy is standing next to them and chewing a piece of bread, lost in thought. The motif of games of chance—and deceit in gambling—can be found just as much in the works of the Caravaggisti as in the small-format pictures of the Bamboccianti in Rome. Through Murillo’s choice of children as protagonists, however, the subject loses its moralising poignancy.

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