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Babies love soft, friendly animals, and here in Titian's "Madonna of the Rabbit" (oil on panel, circa 1530) the baby Jesus is no exception. We've talked here before about rabbits as symbols of Mary's fertility, and this one is white as well to show her purity. I imagine Titian also enjoyed how the snowy fur makes the rich, soothing blue and rose of Mary's clothing all the more intense by contrast. (I love Titian's colors - particularly his blues.) How gently she keeps the creature from hopping away, sheltering it as much as restraining it. This is a scene of nurture, love and peace.
This painting is at the Louvre. Would you like to learn more about it and see some other, similar paintings from their collection? Then here is a wonderful page from the museum.