There are a number of paintings by various artists depicting the rather homely scene of cleaning the head of unwelcome visitors. None of these exceeds in simplicity and charm that of Murillo, which is entitled "An Old Woman Cleaning the Head of a Boy." It hangs in the old Pinakothek in Munich. The old woman is actively engaged in her task, while the careless little Spaniard eats his bread and plays with his puppy. The old woman has laid aside her distaff and spindle to give her full attention to the boy.
Murillo (1617 to 1682) was born at Seville. He worked for a while in Madrid and then returned to Seville, where he married a wealthy woman and lived in considerable state. His is a soft, smooth art which is sometimes highly praised and not infrequently belittled. More than forty of his compositions hang in the Louvre in Paris,