I've added this beautiful picture to my sidebar. Painted by William Bouguereau in the late 19th century, this beautiful image depicts Our Lady holding the Christ Child in her right arm and a spotless lamb in her left.
William Bouguereau was a famous portrait artist born in La Rochelle France on November 30,1825. He followed the classical style of 16th century painters such as Raphael.
I don't know a great deat about this artist but I certainly recognise many of his works. I've done a search to find out more but there are pages and pages to read. He completed a large number of works in his lifetime, some of which I wouldn't post here for lack of modesty. I know that some people may cringe at my comment believing me to be unappreciative of his talent and of 'art' - far from it - his gift was an amazing one & his paintings are magnificent but I choose to select specific works of my liking.
L'Innocence (above) is one of them, and Song of the Angels (below) is another.
Song of the Angels
Oil on canvas
I will post more of his beautiful works in the days to come.