In honor of the new year, which is only three days old, here are some pictures of babies and children.
This is a happy little sculpture from Estremoz, Portugal. Maybe the mother had arms once.
In very old paintings the babies often look peculiar. The face of Duccio’s baby Jesus face is old, although his feet are young. The same is true of the Giotto. Why?
I have read that the babies look old because the society had a different conception of childhood, but this explanation never made sense to me. If you have ideas about this, please leave a comment.
I think that maybe the babies look like the artists looked. Another possibility is that the more detail you put into a face, the older it looks.
I love these awkward children painted by Henri Rousseau.
Why do her legs disappear into the meadow? Did Rousseau just run out…
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