The Niccolini Cowper Madonna / Raphael / National Gallery

One of my all time favorites

One of my all time favorites.

When we were looking at the portraits from the Middle Ages in the National Gallery, the subjects aren’t interacting. In fact they look angry, or bored. Then when we got into the galleries with Renaissance paintings, the subjects are interacting. The Madonnas from the Middle Ages are kind of funny , with the mother and baby looking away from each other. With this one by Raphael, you see a loving mother and a playful baby.

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