Die Pastetenesser
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1618-1682)

Die Pastetenesser,

um 1675/82
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
123,6 x 102 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal IX
Department
Spanische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
487
Acquisition
1799 aus der Galerie Mannheim
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Die Pastetenesser, um 1675/82, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/RQ4XW9PG10 (Last updated on 29.06.2022)
Two barefooted young boys, presumably messengers, are enjoying a pie together. Although Murillo idealises their appearance, his treatment of details testifies to his expertise in imitating nature. Thinly applied paint is used to model the characteristic outer surfaces of the quinces, oranges and onions. Murillo’s pictures of children were created at a critical time when there were many orphaned children in Seville. It is possible that the painter, himself a member of a charitable brotherhood, wanted to awaken a sense of compassion in the viewer.

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