Caravaggio depicted the same scene in his painting “The Seven Works of Mercy”. We can see breast milk dripping from Cimon’s beard as he suckles his daughters breast. Surprisingly enough church officials at the time didn’t seem to mind because it told the story of a “Pietas”.
Breastfeeding seems to always get someone’s goat even when there’s just a baby involved, and this in our so called “evolved” society. We still hear about women and their babies being told to cover-up or to go someplace private to breastfeed. I can’t believe that this is still going on today.
Now breastfeeding a fully grown man is another story. I know it creeps a lot of you out.
Was the “creepy” feeling felt by the viewers in the 1600’s and 1700’s too?
Certainly a portrait painter like Barbara Krafft might have found the request of Count Franz de Paula Graf von Hartig more than a little odd if one looks at the other portraits she painted over her lifetime.