A Girl and her Duenna
 (also known as Two Women at a Window)
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - circa 1655-1660
1000 x 1200 • 186 KB
According to tradition, the models were from the province of Galicia and attained a certain notoriety as courtesans in Seville. Murillo intended this picture to both surprise and amuse the viewer. Yet the casualness of the composition masks a strong sense of design; note how the girls’ heads form a diagonal that bisects the canvas. Murillo became conversant and influenced by the paintings of Velazquez, Titian and Rubens in the royal collections in Madrid. But Murillo never lost his popular appeal or his gift for telling expression, such as the smile on the uppermost woman, indicated only by her eyes and cheeks.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1655-1660
Artist age:Approximately 43 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 125.1 cm (49.25 in.), Width: 104.5 cm (41.14 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 22 October 2008.
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