Pablo Picasso is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He helped develop cubism, one of the most influential of modern painting styles, and later turned to surrealistic figure studies. His works are world–famous and extremely valuable, but let’s face it: some of them look as though they were painted by a child.
Picasso himself was aware of this. Late in life, he visited an exhibition of children’s drawings and observed, “When I was their age, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them.” (Tom Lubbock, “Great Works: Portrait of a Young Boy Holding a Child’s Drawing (circa 1515), Giovanni Francesco Caroto,” The Independent, February 26, 2010, www.independent.co.uk.)
Picasso looked at the drawings of children and saw art. Jesus Christ looked at a little child standing among his disciples and saw greatness. It wasn’t that Jesus thought the child would grow up to be great; no, he saw greatness in the child right then and there.