15 Beautiful Paintings of Mary Nursing the Baby Jesus

CP&S comment: A few days ago we published an article showing some of the earliest depictions in art of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today we publish a selection from different artists portraying tender images of Mary nursing her Divine Christ child.

Virgen de Belen, by Marcellus Coffermans

The great 4th century deacon and hymn-writer St. Ephrem of Syria meditated on the great paradox of the Son of God nursing at the breast of his human mother:

“When [Jesus] sucked the milk of Mary, He was suckling all with Life. While He was lying on His Mother’s bosom, in His bosom were all creatures lying. He was silent as a Babe, and yet He was making His creatures execute all His commands. (Hymns on the Nativity, Hymn 3)”

What a beautiful mystery!

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Virgin and Child, by Bernard van Orley

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Madonna with the Infant Christ and St John the Baptist, by Domenico di Pace Beccafumi

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Maria met kind, Anonymous

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The Holy Family, by El Greco

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The Virgin Nursing the Infant, by Lucas Cranach the Elder

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Madonna Lactans, by anonymous master of Bruges

The Virgin Nursing the Child with St. John the Baptist in Adoration, by Giampietrino

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Nursing Madonna, by Bernardino Luini

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Madonna and Child Nursing, Anonymous

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Madonna nursing the Child, by follower of Hans Memling

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The Virgin nursing the Child, by Lucas Cranach the Elder

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The Virgin Mary nursing the Christ Child, by Hans Memling

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The Virgin Nursing the Child, by Pompeo Batoni

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Madonna Nursing the Christ Child, by Master of the Legend of the Magdalen

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2 Responses to 15 Beautiful Paintings of Mary Nursing the Baby Jesus

  1. Maureen Avila says:

    These are artists’ renderings of their ideas of what Mary and Jesus looked like. What effect they have on the onlooker, for good or evil depends on the eye and mind of the beholder. I have no doubt that breast feeding in art or in person by women who would like to imagine that every male sees them as the Mother of God is an occasion of sin for the majority of modern males.

  2. What beauty and representation of God’s perfect loving merciful desire to be reflected in us and us in Him! Absolute miraculous beauty that brings tears to my eyes and I’m in amazement that these God gifted artists expressed all of this so perfectly, the humanity of our God in the child Jesus and His Mother Mary! I’m in awe and I cry! What loving mercy our God has for us that He projects all of this to our hearts and we only need accept it in loving humility; He does all the rest! Amen.

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