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Madonna Con Gesu Bambino and Icons

By Nancymccarroll
This is Esteban Murillo's portrait of the Madonna and Child, located in the Palazzo Pitti, Galleria Palatina, Florence, Italy. Murillo painted this about 1650.
Madonna Con Gesu Bambino and Icons
I purchased a small copy of this work on eBay about ten years ago and have been trying to paint a similar portrait from this print for probably just as long.  I finally "finished" this last year, and am displaying it on a table with other Madonna and Child icons in our living area.  This is my rendition:
Madonna Con Gesu Bambino and Icons
It obviously pales in comparison to the real work, but it was an enjoyable artistic challenge.  When I look at the face of Mary that I have painted, she looks quite a bit older than fourteen or fifteen, but the gist of her facial expression has a sweet countenance.
Many more of Murillo's paintings can be found here on a slideshow.
This is a picture of two tops of tables displaying my icons of Madonna and Child which I have collected over the past dozen years while traveling.  Each comes from a different country (Spain (Barcelona), Italy (Venice and Florence)  New Zealand (Christchurch), America, and several place in the United Kingdom including one from St. Abbey's Cathedral in London.  One is a beautiful Christmas card that a friend sent one year in the mail.
Madonna Con Gesu Bambino and Icons
Madonna Con Gesu Bambino and Icons
Madonna Con Gesu Bambino and Icons
These icons serve as our holiday "Christmas Tree"

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