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  1. Spanking in Art

    Eadweard James Muybridge, Spanking a Child, c. 1884-87, collotype print.  George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

    Recently a reader asked about the history of spanking in art.  One of my favorite paintings of spanking comes from Santo Spirito in Florence in which the Virgin Mary raises a rod as if about to spank a demon who terrorizes the Christ Child (see it here).  Jumping forward in time, Eadweard Muybridge — reknowned for his photograph series — captured from various angles the intimate moment when a mother spanks her child.  These are just two examples of a theme that I’ll continue to pursue (I’m sure Bosch and Bruegel painted spanking scenes…).

     
     
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