Madonna of Bruges by Michelangelo. The Madonna of Bruges is the only sculpture by Michelangelo to leave Italy during his lifetime. It was purchased in 1506 by a rich textile merchant from Bruges and later bequeathed to that city. It had originally been intended for the Cathedral of Siena.
This depiction of the Madonna and Child is significantly different from the traditional earlier representations of the same subject, usually a pious Virgin smiling down on her infant held in her arms. Instead, here Jesus stands upright, almost unsupported, only loosely restrained by Mary's left hand, and appears to be about to step away from his mother. Meanwhile, Mary does not cling to her son or even look at him, but gazes down and away. The movement of the child, with its hair sculpted away from the body of the statue and Mary's robe herald the transition to the Baroque period which emphasized dynamism and expression.
This reproduction of the Madonna of Bruges with Baby Jesus Statue makes a perfect religious gift.