The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child

This picture, by Italian painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), belonging to Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, is one of the few works in which the Child Jesus is shown asleep. Painted in 1485, it is considered a deeply melancholic work in which the Virgin, sad, resigned and already wearing mourning clothes, seems to guess the fatal fate of her Son. The Child Jesus is lying on the floor, eyes closed, as if foreshadowing his death. The red strawberries, according to some art critics, may represent the blood of Jesus Christ.