04/29/2013 12:05 pm ET | Updated Jun 29, 2013

82nd & Fifth: PROTECTIVE by Alison Manges Nogueira

Curator Alison Manges Nogueira admits that she has a clearer understanding of Bellini's Madonna and Child since becoming a mother herself. "I can see a very deep sense of compassion," she says, "a mother's desire to protect her child, which she may only be able to do for a short while."

Zoom in to see this work's lovely details such as the Christ Child grasping his mother's fingers.

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