Arts Everyday Living: Holiday Spirit in Art—Botticelli and the Sublime Madonna

BOTTICELLI AND THE SUBLIME MADONNA

HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN ART

 

But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.

Galatians 4:4

 

Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Child, c. 1485, tempera and gold on canvas, National Galleries, Edinburgh, Scotland

Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child
*tempera and gold on canvas
*122 x 80.3 cm
*circa 1490

Few artists in Early Italian Renaissance Florence could rival the graceful beauty of Sandro Botticelli’s depictions of Mary, especially apparent in The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child.  Yet, aren’t we also drawn to the baby Jesus, slumbering peacefully at her feet. protected by the strength and devotion of a mother’s love.

Botticelli’s dates are 1445-1510.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

For more on Botticelli and the holidays, click:

A Daily Celebration in Art as Christmas Nears

 

 

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