BOSTON — When Lauren Hanley asked me to keep an eye out for images in museums of breast-feeding women, it didn’t come entirely out of the blue. Hanley is a general obstetrician and gynecologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She runs the breast-feeding clinic and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Her husband, Jim, is, among other things, my daughter’s soccer coach.
On the sidelines one day, Hanley mentioned that she had seen some depictions of mothers I had posted on Instagram for Mother’s Day. She knew I was an art critic. “When I lecture,” she explained, “I like to keep my slides interesting and fun.” …Read More
Image: Left: “Black Mother” by Ernst Neuschul, 1931. Right: El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). “The Holy Family,” ca. 1585. (Ernst Neuschul Estate/Courtesy Leicester Arts & Museums and the Artist’s Estate/Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America/The Metropolitan Museum of Art)