With breast cancer, knowledge is power. Identifying changes in your breasts can dramatically increase your survival rate.

11 of the world’s most revered Renaissance paintings feature models with some of these symptoms. Women whose lives were likely cut short. If they had the knowledge we have, their outcome may have been better.

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ demonstrated the power of knowledge by recreating these masterpieces using today’s survivors of breast cancer. These women discovered their own breast cancer by self-check.

The images became an attention-grabbing campaign, known as ‘The Survivors Collection,’ that included an exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery.