It seems that every century children are becoming cuter!
Sometimes, when we look at the works of the masters of the middle Ages or the Renaissance, we cannot help wondering Ostap Bender “And you know how to draw something?”. Of course, it’s not about the works of Leonardo da Vinci. But other artists sometimes portrayed people is not something that is not cute and kind of weird, especially images of children.
But such strange appearance the beautiful babies of XIV-XVI centuries art has a simple explanation lies in one word — homocarnosine. In General, the concept of “homunculus” — the little man appeared in the XIII century, when the Spanish alchemist Arnold of Villanova allegedly raised a tiny man with a sperm sample directly in the flask, feeding it human blood. (As you can see, in the XIII century, life was not as boring as people think).
In art history dictionary homocarnosine was due to the image of the baby Jesus, which peaked in the middle ages and the Renaissance. It was believed that Jesus was born an adult, though small in size, and to portray him as nothing understands the baby was blasphemy. So they decided to write or sculpt Jesus as a tiny uncle in the hands of Mary. Here babies and look so that even a seasoned lover of painting flinches and rubs his eyes.
We have collected 15 of the most shocking and ridiculous images of medieval babies. Enjoy.