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Two young women with pale white skin look out at us from the other side of a rectangular window opening with a shadowy interior in this vertical painting. On our right, in the lower third of the composition, the first woman leans toward us over her left arm, which rests along the ledge. She bends her right arm and props her chin on her fist. She looks directly at us with dark brown eyes under dark brows. She has shiny chestnut-brown hair with a strawberry-red bow on the right side of her head, to our left. She has a straight nose, and her full pink lips curve up in a smile. She wears a gossamer white dress with a wide neckline trimmed in dark gray, with another red bow on the front of her chest. Her voluminous sleeves are pushed back to her elbows. To our left, a second woman peeks around a partially opened shutter. She is slightly older, and she stands next to the first woman with her body facing us. She tilts her head and gazes directly at us with dark eyes under dark brown brows. She has dark brown hair covered by an oyster-white shawl. She holds the shawl with her right hand and hides the bottom half of her face. Her left arm bends at the elbow as she grasps the open shutter. Her mouth is hidden but her eyes crinkle as if in a smile. The woman wears a dove-gray dress with three-quarter length sleeves. The frame of the window runs parallel to the side and bottom of the canvas. The room behind them is ink-black in shadow.

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1660

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Curator and head of Italian and Spanish paintings Eve Straussman Pflanzer discusses the intrigue found in this eye-catching painting by Esteban Murillo.

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