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Wanted to share this: reflecting on painting showing daughter bf her father

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Tittybangbang Sat 25-Oct-08 10:09:02


There's a depiction of this in today's Guardian supplement (100 paintings you must see before you die - the one they show is the Caravaggio)

Find myself interested by the fact that this act was seen as being worthy of portrayal in a number of paintings by great artists. Apparently it was seen as symbolising (as wikipeadia puts it) 'a great act of filial piety'. I'd never heard the story of Cimon and Pero before this morning.

Must be feeling hormonal because I was really moved by the paintings... and found myself reflecting how very different the response to this story would be among people today. Instead of wanting to immortalise and celebrate it in art as an act of huge generosity and love, I suspect people today would respond with disgust.

Just wanted to share smile

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Sat 25-Oct-08 10:23:29

i'd do it for my dad but may never be able to look him in the eye again after....

themildmanneredaxemurderer Sat 25-Oct-08 10:25:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

nellynaemates Sat 25-Oct-08 18:03:47

Apparently in cultures that are very reverent of the elderly, think Japan was the example, it was not unheard of for a mother to stop nursing her child (or at least nurse it as much) in favour of nursing an elderly relative as breastmilk was believed to be such a powerful health-giver.

This was quite a long time ago mind... Interesting though.

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