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Gdańsk, Church of St. Mary, Our Lady with child

Sandro Botticelli,The Madonna of the Book (Madonna del Libro)1480-1483,Poldi Pezzoli, Milan. Mary holds Book of Hours, the Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis, laymen prayer books of the13th-16th centuries.The child gazes at his mother as she reads. Symbols of the Passion of Christ, the Christ Child holds three nails of the cross & a crown of thorns. Symbolism of fruit in bowl:cherries represent the blood of Christ, plums indicate the tenderness between Mary & Child, & figs represent the…

Bronzino; Madonna with Child and with the Infant St. John the Baptist (detail)

Francesco Bacchiacca, Madonna and Child with St John, 1525, Dallas Museum of Art #TuscanyAgriturismoGiratola