I have always been amazed by the unconditional love and blissful serenity of Madonna with baby Jesus. It is an extraordinary expression of love, beauty and grace. The child rests safely in the arms of his mother and Mary appears to be comforting him.
There are numerous depictions of these religious icons and here are some of my favourite collections. I hope they will put a smile on your face and brighten your day.
Renaissance Italian Style Madonna and Child
Virgin and Child with saints and angels, Vatican City
Spotted at Istanbul
A standing Madonna and child accompanied by angels at St Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna
Thirteenth century Madonna with Child in Byzantine style at St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
Apse mosaic of the Theotokos (Virgin Mother and Child) at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul