This painting of a young woman breastfeeding an old man in a prison cell was sold for Euros 30 million. The painting may look perverse but the story behind is heart-touching & inspiring.
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The poor man was sentenced to “death by starvation” for thieving a loaf of bread during the reign of Louis XIV in France. The woman was his only daughter and the only visitor to his cell. She was allowed to visit him daily but was searched thoroughly such that no food was taken in.
When after 4 months the man still lived on with no weight loss, the authorities were perplexed and started spying on her in the cell and to their utter astonishment found her to breastfeed her father to the fullest sharing her baby’s milk.
A case was initially filed against her but realizing the love & compassion of a daughter towards her father softened the judge’s heart and eventually, they decided to pardon the father and release him free.