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Holy Mary and Christ Child, a graphite pencil drawing

Holy Mary and Christ Child

(below, highlighted detail of images of Mary's face and Jesus's face)

Holy Mary and Christ Child, a graphite pencil drawing, highlighted face detail

Holy Mary and Christ Child, a graphite pencil drawing, highlighted face detail

Drawing

Female clothed figure and child clothed figure

H, HB, B graphite pencils on white Canson 50-pound (74-gsm) acid-free paper

December 2010

Dimensions, paper and image: about 8-3/8 inches (21.2 cm) high by 11 inches (27.9 cm) wide

An elegant drawing of Mary, as she holds a young Jesus. The graceful, luminous face of Mary and the warm, soulful eyes of Jesus capture the viewer's attention, making this picture much more than simply a tender portrait composition of a mother and her infant son.

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Chartreuse de Champmol Madonna and Child, a graphite pencil drawing

Chartreuse de Champmol Madonna and Child

(below, highlighted detail of image of Mary's face)

Chartreuse de Champmol Madonna and Child, a graphite pencil drawing, highlighted face detail

Drawing

Female clothed figure and child clothed figure

2H, HB, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B graphite pencils on white Canson 50-pound (74-gsm) acid-free paper

November 2007

Dimensions, paper and image: 11 inches (27.9 cm) high by 8-3/8 inches (21.2 cm) wide

A radiant Mary beams with motherly tenderness and kindness as she looks lovingly upon her child, Jesus, who gazes up at her with joy while reaching to touch her face. Her hooded, flowing robes form a shimmering set of magnificent drapery as they draw the viewer's eye up to the laughing child and then Mary's own luminous face. The figure of the Virgin is strong and dynamic, her robes swept up in the same firm, energetic hand that supports the Christ Child at nearly her own eye-level.
This drawing is a traditional Madonna and Christ Child that I developed from the Virgin and Child statue at the entrance doorway of the Chartreuse de Champmol (Charterhouse of Champmol) in France, sculpted around 1400 by the school of Claus Sluter, who was active 1385-1406. (The charterhouse was founded in 1383, to be the family mausoleum of Philip the Bold.)




Madonna with Child, a drawing

Madonna with Child

Drawing

Female clothed figure and child clothed figure

2B graphite pencil on white Canson 50-pound (74-gsm) acid-free paper

June 2006

Dimensions: paper 11 inches (28 cm) high by 8-1/2 inches (21.6 cm) wide; image about 9-1/8 inches (23 cm) high by about 6-1/2 inches (about 16.5 cm) wide

Mary, in her poor robes, lovingly holds the peacefully sleeping infant Jesus.
A traditional Madonna and Christ Child that I developed from the classic La Madonnina (c. 1896-97) by Roberto Ferruzzi.




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