Girl with a Coin (Girl of Galicia) - Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 63 x 43 cm
This small canvas belongs to the category of genre paintings of the great artist. It is quite different from his somewhat pretentious and manic Baroque works created for churches and monasteries. In contrast to church-themed paintings, here you will not find unnatural poses and rich lush robes.
A simple girl from the Spanish province of Galicia was forever captured on the canvas. She holds a coin in her hand and is clearly happy to receive it. Perhaps the artist himself gave it to the girl for the fact that she posed for him for the picture.
The girl has a simple linen robe, which clearly relates her to the lower classes of the then society, who preferred silk and brocade. The head of the Spanish woman is covered with a large piece of light fabric draped with beautiful expressive folds. Here, the artist’s skill was fully manifested, because we can literally feel the texture of this material.
A girl is depicted on a modest dark background, neutral, with absolutely no details. This gives us the opportunity to focus on the face - young, smiling, but with a sorrowful sadness in his eyes. The girl’s expressive black eyes do not smile, they don’t even look directly at the artist, but are slightly laid aside. What thought owned it at that moment? We will never know this, but everyone has a chance to come up with their own story of a girl with a coin.