Paintings of Roman Charity, daughter breastfeeding her father starving in prison

Herebelow is a gallery of paintings that no museum in the world could ever gather.Many paintings and just one thema over the centuries : "Roman Charity"If you don't know the story, please read this extract of a book named "Collection of Greek popular songs and stories".To summarize, this image represents a young girl (Pero) breastfeeding an old man (Cimon), who is her father.This represents filial piety and is probably a kind of metaphor of citizens ready to offer their own blood to their country.For the filial piety side, this can also be compared to the asian topic of the daughter-in-law breastfeeding her husband father/mother.What's interesting here ?For sure, the different ways used by the painters to deal with this topic, but also the look of the daughter that is very different from a painting to the other :- sometimes she looks at her father with the eyes of a caring mother- sometimes she looks in another direction and seems to be struggled in an internal ethical fight- sometimes she looks scared to be surprised by the king soldiers- sometimes her face just reflects sacrifice

bartolomeo-manfredi-carita-romana
 adam_williams_fine_art_roman_charity
 eberhard_wacchter
 francesco_montelatici_cecco_bravo_roman_charity_17th_century
franz-von-hartig-eleanore-roman-charity
 gaspar_de_crayer_-_roman_charity
 giovanni_andrea_sirani_carita_romana
 guido_reni_roman_charity
 jean-baptiste_deshays_-_la_caridad_romana
 lorenzo-pasinelli-caritas-romana
luis_monroy_-_roman_charity
roman-charity-peter-paul-rubens
Roman charity
 serangeli-charitac-chambery
verspronck_johannes_cornelisz
Roman charity, Sébastien Bourdon (17th century)
Roman charity, by Jan Saudek

Add new comment

Roman Charity by Ellen Wetmore

While Cimon and Pero is well covered in art history, never do we see evidence of Pliny the Elder's version of the story in which a woman feeds her own mother. This story of salvation is one Ellen Wetmore has elected to tell.