When baby bumps become works of art

Leonie Versantvoort fotografie

Some people see pretty much anything as a blank canvas, and baby bumps are no exception. A Dutch body painter and photographer have hit the headlines thanks to their eye-catching bump art project – a realistic depiction of a baby in the womb.

Being side on it’s not completely anatomically correct (the cervix is near model Kristine Smits’ bottom), but it hardly matters – I can’t take my eyes off this incredibly detailed picture by artist Marieke van den Dungen in a collaboration with photographer Leonie Versantvoort, who came up with the idea. Here’s a fuller look at it:

Leonie Versantvoort

Fellow body painter Carrie Preston’s baby bump creations are also being admired around the world after she posted them on BoredPanda. “It may seem completely mad to some people, in fact some even go as far to describe it as vulgar. I personally see it as beautiful. Painting a pregnant bump allows you to freely express yourself, it’s fun and relaxing,” the Cornwall mum of two writes on the site. Head over there to see some of her fascinating work.

(Images via Leonie Versantvoort and Marieke van den Dungen)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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