This is just outside the Tyburn Nuns’ chapel. First, notice that Mary is tickling Jesus’ foot:
Then notice that He’s really quite solemn, blessing the whole world holding His Christological Gold Finch, which refers to His Passion and Death.
He’s almost smiling, but not quite. He’s trying to hold the pose. She has such a smirk, daring Him to smile while she continues to tickle His foot. You can almost hear her softly, melodiously say, “Smiiile!”
This is such a fantastic family moment that I think many can relate to. The artist is also making a critique of sometimes too serious sacred art. Since I was a little kid I was always fascinated by and had a devotion to the Infant of Prague. I must say, however, that this scene here brings that full circle and carries it to another level.
There are always flowers for the Immaculate Conception here. Amen.