Renaissance Artists Were Really Bad At Drawing Babies

The Renaissance artists repeatedly did something that we balk at today – 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.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

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Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

Ugly baby in Renaissance painting.

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  1. Mike L Angelo May 24, 2020

    Lets be honest – most of them weren’t very good at adults either.

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  2. a person May 24, 2020

    The 4th last one honestly looks good to me.

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  3. Anonymous May 24, 2020

    Not much good at hands either

  4. Anonymous May 24, 2020

    Stuff of nightmares

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  5. Koizoh Rível May 24, 2020

    I agree with ‘a person’. The rest is truly hideous. Most are pre-renaissance, though. Curiously enough, most of these artists were extraordinary sketchers. However, mastering the brush is a different story, particularly if you have to work on large panels and walls in churches and cathedrals.

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  6. Anonymous May 24, 2020

    There was the assumption that only the father had a real role in procreation/inheritance. He plants the seed. Perhaps they modeled off of rather homely patrons?

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  7. canyon gal May 24, 2020

    OMG these are indeed scariest babies ever! Especially the ones with…teeth! Yikes.

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  8. Anonymous May 25, 2020

    Pre- renaissance cartoons.

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  9. Anonymous May 25, 2020

    Or maybe children really did look like that in that epoque? How do you know..
    🤪

  10. Hic sunt leones May 25, 2020

    Maybe these artists were not that good at painting babies. ..Or babies were just butt ugly back than…

  11. Eva May 25, 2020

    Maybe that’s how they looked, back then?

  12. Anonymous May 25, 2020

    You mean before humans evolved?

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  13. WWJD May 26, 2020

    To be fair, most of these pictures are of one particular baby. If one artist makes you look ugly, maybe it’s the artist’s fault. If they all paint you ugly, maybe you ugly.

  14. WW3 May 27, 2020

    i think humans look this way in the eyes of EVERY OTHER SPECIES on t he PLANET. cuz humans deserve to DIE

  15. Ananamouse May 27, 2020

    well, (slaps knees), best be off.

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  16. Anonymoose June 5, 2020

    When the master leaves their student to finish off the paintings …

  17. 🤣🤣🤣 June 6, 2020

    i didn’t like this very much but the last comment before mine made was just pure gold LMAO

  18. Lurking Coward June 8, 2020

    Pic #2 is the ugliest group of people I’ve seen in a while, and I’ve actually been to a Wal-Mart.

    The baby in #5 looks like Joe Biden.

  19. Anonymous July 9, 2020

    The one with the hOle in the mom is absolutely terrifying!

  20. Anonymous July 19, 2020

    The second one is also borderline ok. 4th from the end is positively cute. But have you considered the average person who paints (religious) pictures in the middle ages?
    Of course the painter is a monk and really has more experience with buttlicking cats and evil rabbits than the visage of a baby.

  21. ꓢꓵꓳꓪλꓠꓳꓠꓯ July 27, 2020

    Umm…

  22. HistoryNerd September 3, 2020

    omg they look like little middle-aged men and it is hilarious

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