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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Madonna And Child

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

A lovely Madonna and Child:

I'm not sure, but I believe that the above was painted by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (1609-1685).

See other Madonna and Child images at Freethinke's post today.

Basic information about Madonna art (Wikipedia)


  1. I looked at dozens before making my selection which was designed to show an historic progression as to the the way Mother and Baby images have been represented over the past 500 years.

    This Salvi de Sassoferrato (a new name to me in Art!) is a real standout because of the exceptionally vivid colors -- almost jewel-like. And the face of both mother and infant are really attractive -- unlike some of the examples sen at my site.

    Missing are examples from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

    By that time Civilization was deep into The Enlightenment, so perhaps interest in religious art was fading?

    Something else to learn about!

    There's always more and more. Isn't it wonderful?

    Art is so much more vital and significant than politics.

    ~ FT

  2. FT,
    I noted the progression in your post.

    Isn't it amazing how Mary and the Christ Child related to mankind across the generations and through various movements in artistic expression?

    During the Enlightenment Period, religious art did seem to fade into the background -- a loss, IMO.

  3. During the Enlightenment Period, religious art did seem to fade into the background

    Not quite. The Reformation was much more responsible as the protestant north started banning images and the Catholic church at the Council of Trent tried to restrain mannerism.

    Caravaggio kicked of the Baroque which probably found its most religious subject matter in Spain (Zurbarán etc.)

    But it was a period with a lot of meddling, primarily by church figures. Fascinating period when art was considered important.

  4. It's such a lovely and touching picture.

    She truly was blessed.

  5. It is interesting to see how people/things are portrayed throughout history, in this case Jesus and Mary are simply renderings of how the artist thinks they may have looked, since we have no idea what they really looked like


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