Hugues Merle (French, 1823–1881)
Oil on canvas
45 3/8 x 34 7/16 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford M. Sites in memory of Pauline Mc Lendon Sites and Frank Boas Sites
Currently not on view
Hugues Merle concentrated on allegories or humble scenes, usually of mothers and children. His paintings were often drawn from literary sources or depicted sentimental, moralizing subjects. In Maternal Love, as in his other works with this theme, Merle evokes a spiritual bond between mother and child that is reminiscent of Raphael’s various treatments of the Virgin and Child theme.