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Image from Somalia has painterly quality

John Moore / Getty Images; Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato

Left: Safia Adem mourns the death of her son Hamza Ali Faysal, 3, in a camp of displaced Somalis within the rubble of the Cathedral of Mogadishu on Aug. 13, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The malnourished child died of sickness two weeks after fleeing with his family from famine and drought in far southern Somalia. The U.S. government estimates that some 30,000 children have died in southern Somalia in the last 90 days from the crisis. Right: 'The Madonna at Prayer' by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato

 Upon seeing John Moore's picture of the mother in Somalia, I was reminded of paintings of the Madonna that I had seen years ago by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato when touring the National Gallery in London. While this particular piece of his does not hang in London, I find the visual similarities to be striking.