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Bathsheba at Her Bath, Rembrandt, circa 1654,
The Louvre, Paris
Dent and discolouration on left breast

Bathsheba at her Bath

This masterpiece tells the story of Bathsheba receiving a letter from King David, recounted in the Second Book of Samuel. The King was courting Bathsheba, who was already married. The note signifies the King’s request for Bathsheba to meet him, which she could not deny.

The model Rembrandt used was Hendrickje Stoffels, who was also his lover. Neither he, nor she, could have known that the dark patch he painted on the underside of her left breast was a sign of breast cancer that we can recognise today.

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Shona's Story

Orpheus and Eurydice, Rubens, circa 1636 – 1637,
Prado Museum, Madrid
Dent or dimple on left breast

Orpheus and Eurydice

This painting tells the story of Orpheus, a legendary musician who went to the Underworld to rescue his lover Eurydice. The Gods allowed Eurydice to journey there on the condition that once he rescued her, he must lead her back to earth by walking in front of her and not look back. The painting depicts the moment where Orpheus is mid-glance before looking back at Eurydice and breaking his promise to the Gods.

A similar tragedy awaited the unknown model in the piece, whose abnormality in the

upper quadrant of her left breast was painted by Rubens.

Kelly's Story →
Kelly's Story

Samson and Delilah, Rubens, circa 1609 – 1610,
National Gallery, London
Inverted nipple and dimple on right breast

Samson and Delilah

Dating from around 1609-1610, Samson and Delilah tells a story from the Old Testament. Samson, who is fast asleep and draped over Delilah’s lap, is about to have his hair cut by a young man. His uncut hair was coincidentally the source of his strength and power.

Delilah, with her breasts exposed, stares solemnly downward at Samson. Upon close inspection of her right breast, medical experts have agreed that her inverted nipple, dimpling in the lower part of her breast and retraction of skin are all signs of breast cancer.

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Anete's Story

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