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Isabel and Ben

"Placing the Romantic child under the aegis of the mother altered its meanings. The best and most important example of that transformation is what happened in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to Renaissance Madonna and Child paintings. In a superbly researched catalogue, David Alan Brown has shown how almost all Catholic theological significance was drained from Madonna and Child paintings and replaced by the meanings of a universal, non-denominational, maternity." Anne Higonnet, Pictures of Innocence, The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood, Thames & Hudson, 1998.

Mark Cator, Isabel & Ben 1991

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