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04 December 2004 @ 11:40 am
Artistic Advent: Madonna and Child  
Madonna and Child
probably 1320/1330
Giotto (a.k.a. Giotto di Bondone)
tempera on panel
Madonna and Child
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Is it just me, or does Jesus have an unusually well-styled head of hair in this painting? He doesn't really look like an infant. Of course, Giotto was one of the earliest artists to move away from the heavily stylized Byzantine style toward a more naturalistic style, so perhaps I should cut him some slack.

Detail images of this painting can be found at the National Gallery web site.
 
 
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a2zmoma2zmom on December 4th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
He's also got a good set of pecs. Baby Jesus - Gold's gym fan.
Rusty: girl and dogrustydog on December 5th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
Hee. That's what I was going to say. Such well-defined muskles for a wee bebe.
John Heaton: christmasjheaton on December 5th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC)
This little babe so few days old
Is come to exercise at Gold's
All hell doth at his presence quake,
for he himself his pecs do shake;
For in this mighty armèd wise
The gates of hell he will surprise.

Apologies to St. Robert Southwell.