The Met in New York has a new acquisition. It is a splendid painting by Perino del Vaga, a student of Raphael, who was very active in Rome and Genoa.
The painting was recently cleaned.
From another era and place, here is a variation on a theme, but still involving the Infant clutching a bird and the motif of Blood.
The bird is a symbol of the soul seeking salvation through Lord’s shedding of His Blood, and is also perhaps a soul already saved and taken flight, ad it were.
In another Christological Goldfinch sighting, we go to Siena, where apparently lots of finches used to hang out.
Someday I must get into why the Infant clutches His Mother’s cloak or veil in Italian paintings of this period.