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Happy Boxing Day to all my readers celebrating it!

This painting, The Holy Family with dog, hangs in Madrid’s Museo del Prado. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo painted it between 1645 and 1650. He was born late December 1617, baptized January 1, 1618 and died on April 3, 1682.

Murillo was a prolific painter of both religious and secular themes. Until the 19th century, he was Spain’s best known artist. His work influenced many other European painters, including Gainsborough.

Christmas Day has provided us with, it is to be hoped, happy memories and good reflections from church services, this past post of mine advises how we can keep that joyous spirit alive.

Incidentally, December 26 is also the feast day of St Stephen, the first martyr.