Above is of course a Raphael. Images in this post are as usual, kindly provided by artrenewal.org There are a lot of Raphael Madonnas, but this is a nice one. I have gotten to the keyboard quite late tonight. So I am going to post a few more and then perhaps I will add more text tomorrow. The Christmas season gets to be such a whirlwind . I did get another Ask Stape written For Fine Arts Views. I am not sure when they will post it though,. More meter readers and implied mayhem with what I hope is a thin, glossy skin of sage advice.
This is also a Raphael. The child has an abdomen similar to a moth I noticed. The conventions for how an attractive baby should be proportioned have yet to develop. In fact I don't think their was general agreement as to how a female figure should be proportioned at this time either.
There are so many fine Madonna and child pictures and I have cherry picked a dozen or so from different eras to unfurl before you over the next few days. Here is a Bouguereau.
It lacks the classical restraint and reserve of the Raphael, but it is a lovely painting. As you know I am fond of his art and I think he will be an enormous influence on the next generation of young American painters. That which is most reviled by one generation is sometimes most admired by their grandchildren.
Lastly here is anothere Rembrandt, his pictures always seem so unpretentious to me. Even his putti are a LITTLE more believable. All of the figures in this painting are arrayed along a serpentine pathway that runs from the cradle through Marys arm to her head, back through Joe with his axe, and then up through the pukids being dropped into the scene via some sort of a chute.