Madonna and Child in the generations of alternation

13th-20th paintings of Madonna and Child  v.s 21th of Madonna and Child 


Madonna and Child , ca. 1290–1300 Duccio di Buoninsegna Italian,Tempera and gold on wood, The Metropolitan

Associate of Francesco di Stefano, called Pesellino Virgin and Child with St John and angels, c. 1445-78 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Leonardo da Vinci Madonna Litta or Madonna with child (and goldfinch), 1490 St Petersburg Hermitage


Raphael Solly Madonna, c. 1502 Berlin, Staatliche Museen

Francesco Francia Madonna and Child with Saints Francis and Jerome, 1500–10 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Raphael The "Madonna del cardellino" or "Madonna of the Goldfinch“, c. 1505-1506 Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze

DÜRER, Albrecht Madonna with the Siskin, 1506 Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Boccaccino Madonna and Child (with goldfinch), 1506–1518 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1524–26 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista Madonna of the Goldfinch, c. 1760 National Gallery of Art, Washington


William Dyce, Virgin and Child, 19th century

Adolphe Bouguereau, Virgin and Child, 19th century

Henry Ossawa Tanner, Virgin Mother and Christ Child Some secularized modern versions of the subject from the 19th and early 20th centuries



Twenty-First Century Paintings


The use of religion and spirituality in contemporary art


The preoccupation with fundamental questions of life is often central to an artist, their work and their audiences. Art can challenge our beliefs and provoke debate. For an artist, art can be a place where personal thoughts and beliefs can be expressed and problems can be detoxified.

Whether an audience can achieve an emotional or spiritual connection through art?

Can we find meaning in the fundamental questions of life through art?


Embodying and rediscovering from the art of imitation, how to share the cultural heritage that still exists. Now, for me, exploring the loss of this generation of culture is what I do in my practice.


In my opinion, we can see that from the past and nowadays, any process, and performance, any exhibition, repeated performances, or maybe every show will be a little different, possibly stimulating transform of something, something happened! Finally, we perhaps found: circulation of life for discovering.

Western Madonna and Child  v.s   Oriental Madonna and Child

Raphael, The Alba Madonna, 1510 

 The Adoration of the Magi
Unknown Artist
20th century. Chinese Christian paintings, 

Rethinking: Cultural Exchange Issues V.S Hybridization of Contemporary Arts

If Asian faces replace the European paintings of Madonna and Child ? It might be cultural exchange , cultural plagiarism or cultural appropriation?​ This may be challenging to find culture and art to identify different cultures in the future. Thus, from a cultural perspective, it seems that it is necessary to consider the issue of cultural identity arising from the cultural exchange of contemporary art.​

Hybridization of Contemporary Arts

On the other hand, we cannot deny that art from all over the world combines cultural hybridization to produce innovative contemporary art. In the contemporary art scene, contemporary artists combine current cultural ideas with current events, different cultural and historical experiences that have occurred in the past to reflect contemporary art and create a new hybrid phenomenon in different cultures. 

Back to


© 2020 copyright Yi Chiao Chen. All rights reserved. 


  • Facebook
  • Instagram