The Miraculous Milk of the Virgin
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Miraculous Milk of the Virgin (original French: Le lait miraculeux de la Vierge) is a photograph by French photographer Bettina Rheims published in her collection I.N.R.I.. The photo was taken in March 1997 and exhibited at the Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris.
The photo depicts a veiled woman who lactates from her left breast, not milk, but blood. She cups her hand underneath her breast to capture the blood. The photo is an obvious reference to the lactation miracles, also called Maria lactans.
In June 2005, the Italian artist collective Hôtel de la Lune dedicated a theatrical piece to the photograph, entitled Le lait miraculeux de la vierge - devozioni I.