The Niccolini-Cowper Madonna, Raphael, 1508

One of the most entertaining depictions of Christ in art.

Christ is often shown in some act of nursing, whether he is reaching for the breast, nursing or asleep with a full belly.  Here is Jesus reaching for his mother, but look at his face.  Pardon the expression, but this is little-baby drunk Jesus!  He has already had his fill! 

As he reaches for his mother's breast, she ever politely holds her hand to her chest, as if saying: "You've had enough little man."

This is Raphael.  He had that great ability to make are fun.

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