What I love about this sculpture is of course the smiling Christ Child. He's so cute and happy! I feel like every time I see the baby Jesus in art he is mostly always very serious. With the inner world of Gold, Jesus is always more solid faced. But here Leonardo takes us one step further by adding a huge laughing smile onto the baby Jesus. And wow is it beautiful!
Johnathan Jones at The Guardian writes "Yet only Leonardo caught the flow and motion of life in the way this playful image of Jesus does. A laughing baby Jesus? You simply don’t see that in 15th-century art. After seeing it unveiled in Florence this month, I visited the Uffizi and looked at one serious-faced infant Christ after another. Leonardo was the artist who revolutionised how children were portrayed, who paid attention to play and fun in a new way. In his later paintings he showed Jesus playing with a lamb, or interacting with his playmate, a young John the Baptist. You can see the genesis of that naturalness here." I completely love everything Jones has writted, so go read the article!
I feel inspired to create not only paintings but sculpture as well. Seeing the amazing art by Leonardo Da Vinci is always so powerful. I think that there's no other sources compare for developing my skills as an artist but the sources of the distant past. Leonardo is definitely an art hero for me. <3
I am Sergio C. Mata and I am an artist. This blog is about art, history, pop culture, technology, my life and my art. I blog about whatever inspires and interests me. <3