Mother & Child

Mother and Child

plaster, 1894
gift of Mrs. Bertram Dallin

Dallin imbued this everyday scene, a portrait of his wife and their first son, Bertram, with a sense of sanctity that connects a universal theme to its personal content. The composition of figures under an arch and the lilies and angels suggest it was inspired by two of Luca della Robbia’s ceramic Madonnas in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.