"Though the family depicted in this scene is poor, one can tell that they understand that money
does not necessarily buy happiness. The mother tenderly holds her baby with her older son asleep at
her feet indicating the joy and peace that can be found in everyday family life and in motherhood.
The mother gazes out at her viewers as if to ask how she could possibly need more then she already
has, her greatest treasures lying in her arms and at her feet. Bouguereau was a deeply religious
man, and the church in the background symbolizes that God rules over the rich as well as the poor,
and that all people are children of God and equal in His eyes."
- by Kara Ross.