The portrait, in oils on linen, was
commissioned by the baby's proud
grandfather. Initially, it was to have
been only of the boy, but as meetings progressed, the theme of mother and
child suggested itself.
The composition was partly influenced
by Giotto's "The meeting between Joachim
and Anne at the Golden Gate", that I saw
in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua in 2006.
This became especially meaningful, as the Benedetto family are originally from Italy.
"Laura Benedetto and son", oils on linen, 16 x 18 ins,
© Anthony Tyley, 2008
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