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The Ugliest Renaissance Baby

Over the weekend I was introduced to the long-needed blog Ugly Renaissance Babies (thanks to Sarah Bailey Hogarty for recommending).  Visiting the site, you’ll encounter some of the strangest looking babies ever.  Scouring my archives of potential WTF material, I came across a photo I took at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore (@walters_museum) that I simply titled “WTF baby Jesus face, Baltimore."  I think it’s probably the ugliest Renaissance baby.

Bernardino di Mariotto, Madonna and Child, 1498-1566 (so ugly they can’t properly date it), oil on panel with pastiglia (that’s not a disease but refers to the raised brooch that the Virgin Mary wears).  Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

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