Explanation for Ugly Renaissance Babies

Have you ever visited a museum and been utterly creeped out by what you see? This phenomenon has been documented all over, especially when people view medieval art depicting babies and young children. More specifically, medieval art tends to depict youth with the body of a baby and the head of… an aging man? Just try Googling “ugly renaissance babies,” and you’ll see. In this video, Vox explains the religious reasons why babies are depicted so strangely in this kind of Medieval and Renaissance art. Hint: it’s not because the artists back then sucked.

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