Murillo and Mark Twain’s children

by Murillo

by Murillo

Always helpless, always asking for our protection, books and paintings are full of boys. I once read that Lady Di’s success was in her photos, impossible to take a bad photo of her because her helpless image aroused in the spectator the need to be her friend. The same happens with children main characters, when the book ends we continue having the need to be at their side.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a Baroque Spanish painter, knew it. He worked for the Church and nobles but, in spite of it, whenever he could he transformed Virgins, Madeleines and Saints into girls and boys, preferably poor children… still more helpless.

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