Vox’s Phil Edwards talks with Matthew Averett, an art history professor at Creighton University.To learn why Medieval babies were painted to look like little old men and how we shifted to the recognizably cherubic babies of the Renaissance and today.
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These ugly babies were very intentional. Drawing a line between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is a useful tool when considering ugly babies and significantly more lovable ones.
The two eras tend to show a difference in values.These pretty strange-looking ugly man-babies are disturbing, and it turns out it’s entirely intentional.
This is one of those articles where you initially go “Wait… what?”, but then start reading and find fascinating.