ARTICLE SUMMARY: When the womb began to appear in printed images during the 16th century, it was understood through analogy: a garden, uroscopy flask, or microcosm of the universe. Rebecca Whiteley explores early modern birth figures, which picture the foetus in utero, and discovers an iconic form imbued with multiple kinds of knowledge: from midwifery know-how to alchemical secrets, astrological systems to new anatomical findings.
“Picturing Pregnancy in Early Modern Europe” by Rebecca Whiteley is a scholarly work that explores the representation of pregnancy in European art and culture during the early modern period, spanning roughly from the 15th to the 18th century. The article delves into how pregnancy was depicted in various art forms, including paintings, prints, and illustrations, and how these representations evolved over time.
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