Childbirth, 1535.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Childbirth, 1535.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


This coloured woodcut shows the new mother in bed with a midwife bathing the baby. From 'Origin of Natural Objects', part of the 'Margarita Philosophica' by Gregorius Reisch. First printed in 1503, it is divided into twelve 'books', with each one dealing with the Sciences of Grammar, Dialectic, Rhetoric, Arithmetic, Music, Geometry, Astronomy, Principles of Natural Philosophy, Origin of Natural Objects, Psychology, Logic and Ethics.

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