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Merry James: Ten Bizarre Facts About Madonna And Child

by | 30th, March 2009

ALL hail the Madonna and child. Historians will note than in no two pictures of the child the same. Madonna had many children, all different, all unique and special.

10 Bizarre Facts About Madonna and Child:

* In Filippo Lippi;s Madonna and child, the child was a Thai boy called Pix.

* The Madonna and child at Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, Israel, features Madonna with local child celebrity Daniel The Spaniel – the boy who thinks he’s a dog. Daniel still holds the world record for having his tummy tickled.

* Jörg Breu the Younger’s painting of the Madonna and Child featured Madonna holding the world’s first Barbie Doll.

* For the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, Poland, the artist was forced to black up Madonna with soot and go shopping for a small black baby, which due to the recession were in short supply. The town held a charity auction and enough money was raised to buy one. When the portrait was finished the boy was stuffed and mounted as a curio. A Golly Wogscziki bought the piece and began selling miniaturised versions.

* The Black Madonna of Barcelona has been played at various times by Ronadlinho, Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o and Real Madrid captain Raul.

* The Golden Madonna of Essen was made when a real-life women and baby were dipped in gold and left to “set”. A small hole was left in Madonna’s mouth through which molten gold was poured. When the golden shell was hard, the child’s innards were drained though a fissure and the replaced by a praline filling. The GM of E is 800 years past its sell-by date but thought good enough for eating.

* Madonna and Child (also known as the Stoclet Madonna or Stroganoff Madonna) is a work by Italian medieval artist Duccio di Buoninsegna. It shows a harassed Madonna moments before she gave the child up for adoption.

* To date, 84 children have played the Child in paintings with Madonna, including seven dwarves, nine girls, two spider monkeys, a chicken and young Mel Gibson.

* Only one British child has appeared as The Child with Madonna. Artemisia’s 17th Century work features Bill Scraggs, who later changed his name to William Steel and went about Europe telling his story to packed town squares. In later life, Steel retrained as a psychotherapist.

* In 2009, Madonna pose with not one but two “Childs”, one David Banda Twist and a Mercy James. Celebrity watchers predicted a range of earrings and novelty book ends.

Madonna is a Virgin, or at least she is very much like one, allegedly…

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