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Pediatrics in Art |

MOTHER AND NURSING CHILD

JOHN RUHRÄH, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(5):1234. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970110142019.
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There have been thousands of Madonnas with the Child but few more beautiful than the one shown in the illustration, which is known as the Madonna Litta and is in the Hermitage Collection in Leningrad, U. S. S. R. The clothing is of particular interest, the head dress, the gown and the cloak being fine examples of the beautiful garments of the period. The painting is by Leonardo da Vinci, who, despite some authorities to the contrary, produced some of the most glorious art which has been seen in the artistic country of Italy. From a pediatric standpoint, the thing of especial interest is the nursing gown with the openings to permit the use of the breast without undressing or opening the clothing. A sensible design unfortunately rarely used today. Maybe if it were made the fashion more American mothers would nurse their babies.

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