Four Figures on a Step

What really strikes me about this painting by Bartolome` Esteban Murillo is how four different figures can evoke many different interpretations of what is going on in the scene. What does this street scene from the mid-1600’s depict? Are the young man and woman happy that the little boy is hurt? Did they hurt him and are now mocking the situation? Is the older woman a good Samaritan or a charlatan?

Murillo’s scene in this painting really caused me to evaluate and re-evaluate my perspective. What is the message Murillo is trying to convey? What do you think? I look forward to your responses!

Have a great day!

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4 thoughts on “Four Figures on a Step

  1. I honestly do not know how to read this painting. Each person seems to have a different expression which doesn’t seem to fit the scene. Definitely need to ponder this one.

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