Charity (The Twins) by William Adolphe Bouguereau



Title

Charity (The Twins)

Artist

William Adolphe Bouguereau

Ref GM1437
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 30" x 40" (76 x 102 cm)
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Description  
Charity was a popular theme for many 19th-century artists and a subject, which Bouguereau revisited throughout his career. He studied the work of Renaissance masters and was greatly influenced by Classical and early Italian Renaissance art, drawing much of his subject matter from mythological, classical and biblical stories. In “Charity” the carefully arranged poses, highly finished surface, restrained yet rich palette, and dramatic use of light, which are hallmarks of Bouguereau's style, serve to idealize and ennoble the subject. In this monumental work, with its strongly centralised, pyramidal composition and low viewpoint, the painting is conceived as an altarpiece, with the mother becoming a kind of secular Madonna. The painting depicts a beautiful woman caring and protecting twin nude infants giving them her nurturing, sustenance, and knowledge.The twins huddled to her chest light the entire painting, Charity is a truly exquisite painting using symbolic imagery to portray the true meaning of selflessness and of course charity.