The Virgin Adoring Sandro Botticelli Christmas Card Pack (10 cards)
From the Scottish National Gallery Collection, the front card image shows The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child by Sandro Botticelli.
Botticelli's composition, inspired by the work of Filippo Lippi, is unusual in two respects: canvas paintings were still uncommon at this time and the Christ Child was rarely shown asleep. This variation could be interpreted as a reminder of Christ's death. His future suffering for Mankind may also be symbolised by the detailed plants and fruits. The red strawberries, for example, may refer to Christ's blood. They also complement the beautiful rose bower which forms an 'enclosed garden', a symbol of the Virgin derived from the Old Testament Song of Solomon. The painting was probably designed for a domestic setting.
12.5 x 17.5cm
Pack of 10 Christmas cards and envelopes