I forgot to mention this strange, haunting masterpiece from late in Botticelli’s life (now leaving the Museum of Fine Arts):
Note a great photo, sorry. The writer of this article noticed what I noticed: the Virgin and Child have the same face, almost–certainly the same expression. And they seem to be pushing their way off the canvas. What’s going on?
Picture in the article is much better. The baby Jesus in the painting is not prettiest baby i’ve ever seen.
Pushing their way off the canvas?! She’s bending down so the baby can hug the saint. No more canvas needed.
Haunting; so full of love. And yes, strange.