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15 Awesomely Ugly Renaissance Babies

By arianne |

Have you ever been at an art museum or happened upon renaissance-era artwork and noticed the super creepiness of the children in the paintings? And it just gives me the shivers that almost all of these creepy babies are supposed to be baby Jesus (wait till you see all the various ways Jesus is painted as a creepy adult Benjamin Button looking baby)!

I don’t really care that it was tradition back then for the artist to portray himself in the face of the infant nor do I care to know why they made these babies look like tiny full grown men. The fact is, these creepy babies are downright hilarious!

The fantastic idea to collect ugly renaissance babies came from the Tumblr blog of the same name, tagline: THE KIDS ARE NOT ALRIGHT. They’ve allowed us to share some of their best curated pieces here with you – which do you think is the ugliest?


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15 Awesomely Ugly Renaissance Babies


"Hey girl, you know I'm a winter, not an autumn."
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Arianne Segerman writes about homeschooling, autism and walking through grief after losing her daughter Mabel in 2010 on her blog Mabel and Riv. She blogged for the Parenting channels at Babble about pregnancy, motherhood and all things family.

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3 thoughts on “15 Awesomely Ugly Renaissance Babies

  1. Tsh @ Simple Mom says:

    LOVED that one with Jesus’ epic swaddle. Awesome.

    Are these even real, Ari? They’re insane.

    And also? The Marys were just as creepy.

  2. arianne says:

    @Tsh yes they are all legit! If you click through to the Tumblr they have more info on each one. Seriously SO STRANGE!

  3. Jessica says:

    OMG! I laughed so hard at all the single babies! these were hilarious!

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