Buona Festa della Mamma! Happy Mother’s Day from the Italian Art Society. Images of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child are among the most common in Italian Art of the Middle Ages through the Baroque periods. Starting in the Renaissance, elite women began to be portrayed with their children and allegories of motherhood derived from classical antiquity became more common as well.

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Giotto di Bondone, No. 17 Scenes from the Life of Christ: 1. Nativity: Birth of Christ (detail), 1304-06, fresco, Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua

Raphael, Study of Heads, Mother and Child, 1509-11, silverpoint, British Museum, London

Fra Angelico, Virgin and Child with Sts Dominic and Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1435, tempera with gilding on wood, Pinacoteca, Vatican

Angolo Bronzino, Eleonora of Toledo with her son Giovanni de’ Medici, 1544-45, oil on wood, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Duccio di Boninsegna, Maestà (detail), 1308-11, tempera on wood, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Siena

Jacopo Pontormo, Maria Salviati with Giulia de’ Medici, c. 1537, oil on panel, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Pietro Cavallini, Apsidal arch: 1. Nativity of the Virgin, 1296-1300, mosaic, Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Domenico Ghirlandaio, Birth of Mary, 1486-90, fresco, Cappella Tornabuoni, Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Jacopo della Quercia, Acca Larentia, 1414-19, marble, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Madonna and Child, 1501-05, marble, O.L. Vrouwekerk, Bruges

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