Celebrate with elegance this Christmas with this Cherub Detail from one of the most frequently discussed and best-loved paintings of the Renaissance, Raphael's Sistine Madonna. A prominent element within the painting, the winged angels beneath Mary are famous in their own right. No cherub or group of cherubs is so famous as the two that lean on the altar top indicated at the very bottom of the picture." Legend says that when Raphael was painting the Madonna the children of his model would come in to watch. Struck by their posture as they did, the story goes, he added them to the painting exactly as he saw them.