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.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Gerard David (Flemish painter, 1460-1523) Virgin and Child with Bowl of Milk

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian Renaissance painter, c 1406–1469) also called Lippo Lippi, Adoration of the Child with Saints 1460-65

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Morning Madonna

1460-64 Giovanni Bellini (Italian Early Renaissance Painter 1430-1516) Presentation at the Temple

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Morning Madonna


Attributed to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) Madonna of the Goldfinch c. 1760 Detail 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Morning Madonna

Piero della Francesca (Early Renaissance painter, c 1415–1492)  Madonna of Senigallia

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Morning Madonna


Stefano Di Giovanni Sassetta (Italian artist, 1394-1450) SAn Sepolcro Alterpiece c 1437-44

Friday, May 24, 2019

Morning Madonna

Francesco di Stefano Francesco Pesellino (Italian Renaissance painter, 1422-1457) Virgin and Child

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Morning Madonna

Orazio Lomi Gentileschi (Italian artist, 1563–1639) Madonna and Child in The Vision of St Francesca Romana 1615 - 1619

Monday, May 20, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to 1510 Titian Tiziano Vercelli (Italian painter, 1488-1576) Madonna and Child

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Angnolo Bronzino, Agnolo di Cosimo, (Italian Mannerist artist, 1503-1572) Adoration of the Shepherds

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Morning Madonna

Workshop of Rogier van der Weyden, Diptych Madonna with St. Cathrine. Madonna and Child

Monday, May 13, 2019

Morning Madonna

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

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Morning Madonna

Hans Memling (German-born Flemish painter, 1435-1494) The Virgin and Child with St James and St Dominic, Virgin of Jacques Floreins

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Morning Madonna

Jan Mabuse was the name adopted (from his birthplace, Maubeuge) by painter Jan Gossaert; or Jennyn van Hennegouwe (Hainaut) (Flemish artist, 1478-1532) Virgin with Child

Monday, May 6, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) The Nativity with the Infant Saint John, c. 1495-1500

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Morning Madonna

Andrea del Verrocchio (Italian Early Renaissance artist, c 1435-1488) Madonna and Child 1470

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Morning Madonna

Giovanni di Ser Giovanni, known as Lo Scheggia, or "the Splinter" (Italian painter, 1406-1486) Madonna and Child Enthroned