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27 December 2004 @ 06:50 pm
Artistic Advent: The Small Cowper Madonna  
Today's Advent artwork is dedicated to sunbrae, who sent a very nice Christmas card with a lovely nativity scene on the front. Thanks!

Raphael (1483–1520)
The Small Cowper Madonna, c. 1505
oil on panel
The Small Cowper Madonna
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The Small Cowper Madonna is my favorite of the sacred artworks I've featured during this Christmas season. (Her First Christmas Tree. And Lightning in Her Hands is my favorite of the secular works.) Mary and Jesus look more like real people in this painting than in most others, which I find appealing.
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: Stealer's Wheel - "Star"
Ad Astraastrablue on December 28th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC)
I can definitely see why you like this one the most. It's beautiful, and as you said, depicts Mary and Jesus more realistically.
sunbrae on December 28th, 2004 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh, this is just gorgeous.