A Child Prays

by Patrick Werick December 29, 2009

The innocence of a child's prayer is captured in the life-like drama of Bouguereau's exquisite style.

Some speculate that this rendition was meant, by the artist, to be the Blessed Virgin Mary as a child. Yet, since there is not even the faintest hint of a halo around the young woman's head, it remains mere speculation as the Virgin is traditionally depicted with some form of a halo.

Regardless, this painting remains a classic manifestation of the physical beauty of Bouguereau's subject and the metaphysical splendor of the theme: Transcendence of the soul to God through prayer.

 

Title: The Prayer   |   Artist: William Adolph Bouguereau  




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