Self-Portrait Breastfeeding Raloon, after Ambrogio Lorenzetti
Oil on canvas
36 x 22 inches
From the series: Self-Portraits 1970-present
I was very struck with the intimacy of the Lorenzetti painting in Siena with a kicking christ, also with an Utamaro print of a mother and child with the baby drinking out of one nipple and holding the other. I wanted to show that the wonderful child, perhaps savior of the world could be a female.This me and my daughter Raloon when she was about 18 months old as I recall. We used to go to the Metropolitian Museum of Art and she would point and smile at the babies in the paintings, especially nursing babies.