The talent and skill still shines through years later in Old Master paintings, yet the Renaissance artists repeatedly did something that we balk at todayâ€”they painted children like miniaturized old men. This was probably due to the fact that the concept of childhood is a relatively recent trend in history, but in some 15th and 16th century works, it looks like the painter never laid eyes on a baby.
This trend in creepy babies with tiny heads, wrinkly faces, and terrifying expressions spawned the Tumblr Ugly Renaissance Babies. From Madonna and Child paintings to scenes from Greek mythology, we've put together our own list of The Scariest Babies in Renaissance Paintings. Even a mother couldn't love some of these babies' faces.
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