Saturday, 21 May 2016

Sepia Saturday 331; 21/05/2016

Sepia Saturday 331 theme image shows three award winning babies at a 1938 Baby follow the theme,  I have chosen a painting of mother and child.

This detailed Romanesque scene features a mother with her baby.  This painting is a fine example of Romantic realism. Perfect use of shadows and sunlight creates emotion in the painting. The child looks with interest into a world  to explore, happily bouncing its arms as babies do.
It is quite hard to find smiling, happy looking babies, or babies at all in early paintings. It is a little like babies did not exist. Or they are painted as little Jesus with a flat or frightened face. 
The mother, assumed it is the mother, looks down to the street. She looks beautiful and happy and gentle. She wears an unusual  hair cover. The fine shawl shows a hint of a beautiful border, the opacity hints of a red shirt below. 
The painting is rich in detail and vibrant in colour, curious, as nothing is known of the painter or the woman and child, nor the place, street, town or country. 

Italian School Genre Scene Antique Oil Painting, Mother and Child, 19th Century.

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Sepia Saturday 331 : 21 May 2016

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  1. It's a very beautiful painting. The child looks directly at the viewer, completely innocent of danger, even challenging the viewer to grasp its hand. Meanwhile the mother, protectively holding the infant, looks down at what must be a fearful height. In our imagination we see the potential of a fall, a tragedy. There's an allegory here I think.
    It's strange that my first thought was the image of when Michael Jackson dangled his child off a hotel balcony in 2002.

    1. Mike is ahead of me again, and I’m afraid that was the image that first popped into my head too, but I so enjoyed the beauty of the painting and your detailed descriptin, that it was soon forgotten.

  2. Lovely painting. One that I would love too. The baby is quite chubby but energetic ;) The picture frame is a pretty one as well. You have a great weekend, Titania!

  3. The baby looks more natural than some, but still quite cherubic.

  4. I echoed Mike's thoughts as well when I realized the mother was holding the baby on a windowsill. Hopefully the street is just a few feet below. Babies tend to wiggle an awful lot and though the woman seems to be holding onto it tightly, you can never be too sure of your grip with an energetic baby. It is a lovely painting, however, and a gorgeous frame. Rather sad all information about the painting is unknown.

  5. Beautiful painting, but what I liked most of all was your description -- given with knowledge and love.

  6. Appreciate all comments, thank you, Mike Brubaker; Little Nell; Stephanie; Jo Featherston; La Nightingail;

  7. I finally had a moment to look at Satuday's posts with babies. So glad to see this little one! It's really a remarkable early painting with a subject looking at the viewer!