In this work on the themes of everyday life, a coin is reflected by its absence, and it is precisely the empty hand that the scrounger extends which clearly evokes a hope that some other, generous hand might place one in it. And what might that coin be? Without doubt, a piece of slight value. Some of those on the city council justly complained because the poor people were suffering on account of not having received their welfare payments.
Children begging, Master of the Tela Jeans, 1680-1700