Lavinia Fontana was one of the few women to succeed as an artist in the seventeenth century. In this painting she uses jewel-like colors and delicate handling of paint to portray the joys and sorrows of motherhood, which she would have known well. Fontana was the mother of eleven children, not all of whom survived infancy. In a foreshadowing of Christ’s death, the bed suggests a sarcophagus, and the infant’s body is limp in sleep as it might be in death. The unusual shape of the panel may indicate that it was intended as an insert for a decorative niche, perhaps on an infant’s cradle.
You really just want to go back to September 10. You just want everything to be the same. One of the things I remember about that morning was how blue the sky was. It was brilliantly blue, no clouds. It just had that little chill in the air that you get in the fall. It was absolutely perfect out. And now, every time I see that kind of sky, that’s what I remember. I remember September 11.
Reuters: Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters on Monday.
"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week," Deeb said.
Photo: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom at the police academy in Cairo April 13, 2013. (REUTERS/Stringer)