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Cindy Sherman by Cindy Sherman
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I see this photo as making reference to the renaissance period in art. In this period, the wealthy would commission this type of posed portrait from an artist. I see this image as creating a powerful representation of a woman, as she, in this setting, is breastfeeding– which is commonly considered to be inappropriate in public. The stereotype or assumed gender role, of course, is that the mother is responsible for caring for children, as her anatomy allows for this (although, in the modern day, this is no longer the only option). I think that this photograph is saying something about the (relatively modern) stigma and almost offensiveness that exists around anatomy. Breastfeeding in public is considered inappropriate by many, but here I think that Sherman is working to separate sexuality from the situation.