Wednesday, October 20, 2010


My wife is an apprentice midwife, and has herself birthed six children. Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are topics as common at our dinner table as painting and Star Wars.

I began really noticing Charity in paintings after seeing Guido Reni's Charity at the Met in NY. Apparently I must be a big Reni fan, because I keep looking back to him. I laughed out loud looking the pile of babies trying to get to the breast, and became interested in other paintings on the same theme.

I began to notice that she is always shown with a covered head, I suppose as a sign of humility. She gives of herself not to be seen before men, but for the love of giving. Here is a wacky one by Jean Cousin the Elder.

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