Did you know that breastfeeding portraits were a “thing”? Yeah, neither did I. But breastfeeding has been the subject of many paintings for hundreds of years.
These images of mothers nursing their children are forever captured in paint strokes and pen marks and now the paintings hang in castles, parlors and on museum walls all over the world — from India to Germany and to France. Some of these portraits are intimate studies of a beautiful moment between mother and child, while others are more formal family portraits for the royals and the very rich.
Check out these 25 totally breathtaking and fascinating, artistic odes to breastfeeding throughout the centuries right here: