In this picture, God is portrayed as a father figure, with the angle being one of his children. he holds a staff, a symbol of power and wisdom. I think that this piece takes place in heaven, because of the clouds and slightly otherworldy look of the painting. the whole thing has a slightly darker feel about it, not something you would expect from a "Father son relationship" kind of painting. i think that this shows the progress we as a people made in the Renaissance period by showing God as a slightly more human figure, something we can relate to, instead of a power that we cannot even comprehend. and showing him with a small angelic boy shows him to be a caring figure, not a stern and powerful one.