Madonna and child in Italy
It is Christmas and the holidays have inspired me to take a closer look at our photos of Madonna and child from various parts of Italy.
Wikipedia has a very interesting and learned article on Madonna. This Italian word for my Lady that became an integral part of art terminology describing representations of Mary alone or with her child Jesus.
In Italy these representations are everywhere. From the world famous churches and art galleries to the modest roadside chapels. There is almost always a Madonna in sight, which makes it perfect for a game of spotto, when there are kids around.
And even though the Madonnas on this page are not painted by Michelangelo or Caravaggio, the details can still be pretty captivating. Like the Madonna from Dogliani in Cuneo, Piedmont, who is publicly breastfeeding her infant. The chubby child eyeing an owl on a wooden bollard in the Venetian lagoon. Or the figure of mother and child entangled in rosary necklaces in Santa Maria di Castellabate south of Salerno, Campania. They are all very different representations of the same idea, and I’m sure you will get to see more like it over the Christmas week.