I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were a large part of the core of early Western art. Portraits of The Virgin Mary began to be popular, after the 431 AD Council of Ephesus declared Mary to be the Mother of God. By the 5C, as the Christian population was rapidly growing & was now supported by the state, Christian art was evolving & becoming grander to suit new, enlarged public spaces & the changing contemporary tastes of elite private patrons.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Morning Madonna

Domenico Ghirlandaio (Italian artist, 1449–1494) Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

Friday, July 27, 2018

Morning Madonna

Piero della Francesca (Early Renaissance painter, c 1415–1492) Madonna and Child with Saints The Brera Madonna (Montefeltro Altarpiece, 1472-1474)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Petrus Christus (Netherlandish painter, c 1415–1475) Nativity 1452

Monday, July 23, 2018

Morning Madonna

Paolo Uccello born Paolo di Dono as (Italian artist, from 1397 to 1475) The Adoration of the Magi

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Morning Madonna


Correggio (Antonio Allegri) (Italian painter, c 1489-1534) Madonna and Child with St John 1515

Friday, July 20, 2018

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Morning Madonna

 Paolo Uccello born Paolo di Dono as (Italian artist, from 1397 to 1475) Adoration of the Kings

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Pietro Perugino (Italian painter, 1446–1524), Madonna and Child

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed toalso called Lippo Lippi, Adoration of the Child with Saints c 1463

Monday, July 16, 2018

Morning Madonna


Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli from Castelfranco 1477-1510) Madonna and Child with St Anthony of Padua and St Roch

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Morning Madonna

Quinten Metsys (Netherlandish painter, 1466-1530) Virgin and Child in a Landscape

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Morning Madonna

1521 Holy Family with Saints John the Baptist and Catherine of Alexandria by Marco Palmezzano (Italian Painter, ca.1460-1539)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Morning Madonna

Stefano da Zevio (Italian painter, Veronese school c 1375-1451) Adoration of the Magi

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, German (active 1450s in Cologne). Madonna on a Crescent Moon in Hortus Conclusus

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Morning Madonna

Giovanni di Paolo (Italian (Sienese), about 1399–1482) 1442 Madonna of Humility. Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Friday, July 6, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, German (active in 1415-1430 in Cologne). The Virgin in a Paradise Garden

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Ignacio Chacón (Active in 1745-1775 in Cuzco, Peru) Madonna and Child with Bird c 1765

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Flemish (late 15th century in Brussels) Virgin and Child crowned by 2 Angels

Monday, July 2, 2018

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Flemish (active around 1500 in Bruges) called the Master of the André Virgin or Master of the André Madonna.  The Virgin and Child between Angels painting shows a cityscape of Bruges in the background & a small mead garden at her feet.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Petrus Christus (c 1410-c1475) Madonna and Child (detail) c. 1445