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Maternal Love

European Art

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Maternal Love

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Hugues Merle
French, 1823–1881

Date

1880

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

75.1

Dimensions

45 3/8 x 34 7/16 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

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.

Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Crawford M. Sites in memory of Pauline Mc Lendon Sites and Frank Boas Sites

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