Why do babies in old paintings resemble old men?

Every museum that has a Medieval art show will have statues of gods, bust sculptures of philosophers, tapestries from ancient castles, and paintings with weird babies. Many people notice them, and some try to figure out what they imply later.

The masters’ focus had to shift.

The meaning is more essential than the appearance.

People were afraid to disrupt traditions.

The harsh reality of life

The concept of childhood did not exist in the Middle Ages. Sons and daughters were appreciated more as domestic assistants. People tried not to get too connected to babies because they could die at any time. Most mothers, especially those from wealthy families, gave their children to a wet nurse and a nanny as soon as they were born. And when the youngster grew older, they began to work without being catered to due to their early age.

Children from noble families were never given the opportunity to do nothing. Babies aren’t shown in paintings from the end of the 15th century playing with their father’s sceptres or hiding medals beneath their capes. They appear solemn, as if they have accepted responsibility for their kin and the state.

The concept of immediately producing an adult

There was no background art, and these balding, flabby, beaten-by-life babies appeared in the paintings. They lacked plump cheeks and large eyes, and some even sported beards.

An inability to study anatomy

There were no entertaining reasons to draw a picture.

So, when and why did children start looking beautiful?

During the Renaissance, the concept of a baby was altered. Children were transformed from small adults into utterly innocent animals. This occurred when society promoted the assumption that every infant is born blameless and knows nothing about the world.

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Author: Seebal Rana

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