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February 3, 2014

William Bouguereau's “Virgin of the Lilies” versus “Madonna of the Roses” was recently published in the Epoch Times.

La Vierge Aux Lys

La Madone aux Roses
Although William Bouguereau (1825–1905), painted the Madonna and Child several times throughout his career, there are two versions that draw an interesting comparison to one another as they are similar in many ways but hold interesting symbolic differences as well. The first is “La Vierge aux Lys” painted in 1899 and the second is “La Madone aux Roses,” in 1903. Both are three quarters length and show only the mother and child with no additional figures.

To read the full article by Kara Lysandra Ross, click here.