From 'Annunciation' to 'Disputing with the doctors in the temple',
the infancy of Jesus is perhaps the least well documented of all parts
of his life.
Painting babies is actually quite difficult, and it is interesting
that the early Icon and Renaissance painters depicted the Christ Child
as a kind of small, wise adult. I am particularly keen on painters like
Duccio and Cimabue where this is exactly the case. What you don't see
in the reproductions is the vast scale of some of the works by the likes
of Duccio and Cimabue. The above paintings are a far more modest size.
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