An Old Man and his Grandson

Domenico Ghirlandaio15th Century

Rmn-Grand Palais

Rmn-Grand Palais
Paris, France, France

This double portrait may have an allegorical meaning, symbolizing the two opposite ends of life: childhood and old age. The young boy has the face of an angel; the old man, an elderly Florentine practitioner, is disfigured by rosacea. But these differences fade with their intense looks, which show a great tenderness between the two characters: that of a grandfather and grandson.


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