New Study of Madonna and Child Completed

March 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm / by
completed study of Madonna and Child on the easel
completed study of Madonna and Child on the easel

I have just completed a new study of the Madonna and Child. This is preparation for a larger canvas, and Lord willing that will be preparation for a version of The Adoration of the Magi.

The new elements are the goldfinch and thistle. The goldfinch is a symbol of the cross of Christ as goldfinches are thornbirds. They eat thorns and thistles and thus came to be associated with the crown of thorns and with the cross. If you look closely and many paintings of this subject from the Renaissance on, you will see a goldfinch. Check out the example below.

Madonna Litta by Leonardo.
 
 

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