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

  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.

  6. Hank May 24, 2020

    Where did I park my car?

  7. 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?

  8. canyon gal May 24, 2020

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

  9. Anonymous May 25, 2020

    Pre- renaissance cartoons.

  10. Anonymous May 25, 2020

    Or maybe children really did look like that in that epoque? How do you know..
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  11. Hic sunt leones May 25, 2020

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

  12. Eva May 25, 2020

    Maybe that’s how they looked, back then?

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