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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Morning Madonna

Martino Altomonte, born Johann Martin Hohenberg (Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745) Anna lehrt Maria, daneben der hl. Joachim

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

Morning Madonna

Francisco de Zurbar├ín (Spanish painter, 1598–1664) Virgin of the Rosary Detail

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Morning Madonna

Sano di Pietro (Italian painter, 1406-1481) Madonna and Child with St Jerome, St Bernardino, and 4 angels

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Morning Madonna

Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with Sts Katharine, Dorothy, Margaret, and; Barbara Marriage of St Katharine 1516

Friday, July 26, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist, c. 1490-1500

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Morning Madonna

Martino Altomonte, born Johann Martin Hohenberg (Austrian-born Italian painter, 1657–1745) Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Morning Madonna

Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Madonna and Child 1540

Monday, July 22, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Madonna and Child with Two Musician Angels, c. 1504-1507

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) The Adoration of the Child, c. 1505

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Morning Madonna

Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with Sts Katharine and Barbara 1507-10

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Madonna and Child with Saints Onophrius and Augustine, c. 1480

Monday, July 15, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Morning Madonna


Sano di Pietro (Italian painter, 1406-1481) Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist, Margaret, Martin, and Angels, c. 1515 -1518

Friday, July 12, 2019

Morning Madonna

Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child with a Piece of Bread 1529

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Madonna and Child with Saints Dominic, Nicholas of Bari, Peter and John the Baptist (Pala del Pugliese), c. 1481-1485

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Morning Madonna

Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553)  and his workshop Virgin and Child

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Alexandria, Peter and John the Evangelist with Angels, completed by 1493

Monday, July 8, 2019

Morning Madonna


Attributed to Pseudo-Pier Francesco Fiorentino (active Florence, second half of the 15th Century) Madonna and Child 1460-80

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Adoration of the Child, c. 1490-1500

Friday, July 5, 2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Morning Madonna


Attributed to Piero di Cosimo (Italian artist, 1462-1521) Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and perhaps Cecilia with Two Angels, c. 1505 -1510

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Morning Madonna


Stefano Di Giovanni Sassetta (Italian artist, 1394-1450) The Virgin and Child with Saints 1430-32

Monday, July 1, 2019

Morning Madonna

Attributed to Gerard van Honthorst (Dutch painter, 1590-1656) Adoration of the Child