“Preparation of cakes”, Bartolome Esteban Murillo – overview of the painting

“Preparation of cakes”, Bartolome Esteban Murillo – overview of the painting
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    • Posted by Bartolome Esteban Murillo
    • Museum: Hermitage
    • Year: 1650

Overview of the painting :

Making cakes – Bartolome Esteban Murillo. 1650. Oil on canvas. 165 x 121 cm

Bartolome Esteban Murillo is a Spanish Baroque artist. Best known for working on religious topics. But not only biblical motives interested the painter. The author with great love and attention to detail depicted the plots of everyday life. He was interested in people, ordinary citizens. Especially the artist liked to watch people in the process. Labor aroused respect. It could be vegetable dealers, fish cleaners, laundresses, cleaners, artisans.

One of these works was the “Preparation of cakes” canvas. This is a household picture. The viewer observes the baking process of cakes – a traditional Spanish dish. Two women at work. An elderly Spanish is closer to us. Her clothes correspond to the spirit of that time, while neat, clean, but modest, inexpensive. From this we can conclude that she is a servant in a rich house. Most likely, an elderly cook teaches a young assistant to cook the favorite dish of the owners.

The girl holds on modestly, she is a little embarrassed, but more for the sake of appearance, to observe the rules of decency. The girl is flirty and looks with interest towards the viewer. Then, as her elder friend turned back, as if someone had called her. Most likely, this mistress gives directions, as a woman listens seriously, carefully.

Between cooks a large boiler with liquid dough. Ahead is a metal plate heated by the heat of the furnace, on which cakes are baked. And behind them stands a young man who is dressed somewhat richer and holds on arrogantly. Probably the son of the manager.

The background is somewhat blurred. Only obscure depiction of the furnace is guessed. The author deliberately darkened the background so that the faces of the heroes look more realistic. Murillo’s images are always distinguished by living emotions.

The picture gives the illusion that we looked out the window and saw a real scene from the life of contemporary artists.