‘Mother and Children’ is a version of a much larger picture, ‘A Mother’s Joy’ (Luxembourg, Musée J.-P. Pescatore), painted in 1843 for Willem II of Holland. It seems in part to be a homage to Raphael’s famous representations of the Virgin and Child, and there are also parallels with eighteenth-century art. ‘Mother and Children’ is painted in a soft buttery technique reminiscent of Fragonard, and its subject recalls the Enlightenment cult of motherhood; though the severity of the mother in Delaroche’s scene is exceptional.
Where to see this painting?
The Wallace Collection
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