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Madonna and Child

The Madonna and Child is a religious painting that represents the Virgin Mary and her infant Son, Jesus Christ. The word Madonna is from Italian ma donna 'my lady' (archaic). The painting is often used as a symbol of the Christian faith. The image represents the love and bond between mother and child, and is a symbol of hope and protection. The meaning of the Madonna and Child specifically symbolizes the motherly love of the Virgin Mary for Jesus. In the past, the figures were not humanized, but represented the qualities of divine beings and episodes in sacred history. It is one of painting’s most praised motifs and has been artistically represented in various ways throughout history.

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The figures of Madonna and Child have been depicted in many ways throughout art history. Mary is almost always with Jesus, but there are instances in which she is alone—either in prayer, giving a blessing or a gesture of prophecy. When the works include Jesus, Madonna can be seen as a full-length figure holding the baby who raises his hand in benediction, often towards the viewer. In altarpieces, Madonna and Child will be in the presence of angels or saints—referred to as “Madonna enthroned.” There are other pieces, particularly created in the 14th century, in which Mary is sitting on the ground or a low cushion. Beyond those depictions, she can also be seen seated (not on the ground) holding Jesus in a way that looks more maternal than formal. One style called “Adoring Madonna” is of Mary as she kneels in devotion to Christ. This format is typically painted on smaller altarpieces so that viewers could have it for their personal use. And finally, Mary is also seen doing what many mothers do; at times, she is breastfeeding her child.

The Madonna and Child type is very prevalent in Christian iconography, divided into many traditional subtypes especially in Eastern Orthodox iconography, often known after the location of a notable icon of the type, such as the Theotokos of VladimirAgiosoritissaBlachernitissa, etc., or descriptive of the depicted posture, as in HodegetriaEleusa, etc.


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