The Madonna of the Lilies depicts Mary as a seated figure, a pose which has been favoured in religious iconography since the fifteenth century. The child is lovingly supported by his mother while his arms reach out to the viewer. White lilies placed around her throne symbolise chastity and purity. This beautiful depiction in the Realism style is full of life and movement, drawing your eye instantly to the young mother holding her babe.
About the Artist
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905) was a French academic painter and traditionalist. During his life, he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work. Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.
Image size: 6 x 11
Art size including frame: 9.5 x 14.5
Fade resistant up to 50 years
Lightweight, glassless frame