In honour of mothers everywhere, here is the Go To Design ‘Mother and Child’ selection.
Covering lots of different styles, our mother and child art starts with Raphael’s beautiful Madonna from the Sistine Chapel.
This is where we find the ubiquitous cheeky ‘Cherubs‘ looking for all the world like they’re bored of all the attention being paid to the new baby.
Just for comparison, here’s the full version. A little less attractive, I’m sure you’ll agree. Still, she’s not in bad shape for an older lady.
There are poignant mother and child portraits which tell a story. Like ‘Night with her Train of Stars‘ by Edward Robert Hughes. This is a detail of the painting showing Night as a mother rocking a baby to sleep, with angels and cherubs in attendance. Painted at a time of high infant mortality, I can’t look at this picture without tears in my eyes.
Everyone is grumpy except Alice and the Cheshire Cat. What a household!
And chilling out in the garden, Happy as the Day is Long by Edward Johnson.
Finally here is a bit of a different take on a mother and child portrait, as seen through the eyes of modern artist Egon Schiele.
Happy Mothers’ Day!