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Mother and Child Paintings

The Virgin mother and child is a very common choice as subject for religious renaissance artists of the past years.

Madonna and Child by Raphael

One example is the Madonna and Child is a painting finished around 1504 by the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael. It is housed in the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California. The Madonna is holding the Christ Child with great tenderness. The two are also linked as they read the book of hours that is open at the prayer of Nones, the ninth hour after dawn in the Church's day. The hour of the Annunciation, when the Virgin conceived her son, the ninth hour was also the hour of His death on the Cross. Pausing from their reading, they look at each other thoughtfully, calmly meditating on the events to come.

Madonna with Child and Angels by Masaccio

The Madonna with Child and Angels is a painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Masaccio, who worked in collaboration with his brother Giovanni and with Andrea di Giusto. The painting is the central panel of a large, 19 piece winged altar executed for a chapel of the notary Giuliano di Colino in the church of Carmelite Church in Pisa. Ten other panels of the altarpiece are in various museums. The painting contains 6 figures, the Madonna and child and 4 angels. The Madonna is the centre figure and is larger than any of the others to signify her importance. The work is symmetrical. The painting is a step away from International Gothic in the sense that Masaccio has created a more realistic approach to the subject.

Madonna and Child and Two Angels

The Madonna and Child with Two Angels is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, dating to c. 1468-1469. It is housed in the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, in Naples. This works was once attributed to Filippino Lippi, master of Botticelli. The typology of the faces and other details induce to date the work to the same period of the Fortitude and the other juvenile Madonnas of the Italian painter.