Rani Lakshmibai, also know as Rani of Jhansi, has inspired countless works of art featuring her charging into battle on horseback with a baby on her back. In this video, we learn more about her life and what led to the famous scene.
Dutch Baby c.1664 | Jan Steen | Quick Art History
This painting by Jan Steen features common baby accessories from the 17th century: teethers, falling caps, and leading strings:
Natural Birth in the Tudor Era
What qualified as a natural birth in the 16th century? In this post, we look at what the Birth of Mankind, from 1540, had to say about a natural birth in the Tudor Era including birthing positions, recipes for potions, pessaries, vaginal incense, pain relieving lubricants, herbal baths with toxic heavy metals, as well as…
“A Young Woman nursing a baby” 1868 | Jacob Maris | Quick Art History Video
A young woman nursing a baby, was painted in 1868 by Dutch landscape painter, Jacob Maris. He was living in Paris when he painted this portrait of his wife Catharina Hendrika Horn breastfeeding their first baby, Guillaume [gee-um] who was born in April of 1868 and tragically died the following March. Based on a pencil…
The Byrth of Mankynde, 1540 | Book History
Learn more about the first book in English on pregnancy, birth, and newborn care: The Byrth of Mankynde, 1540.
Humoral Medicine | Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages
Learn about the humoral theory and it’s ideas about pregnancy, birth, and infant care including breastfeeding.
Measles in the Tudor Era | King Edward VI
What was measles like for people before vaccination? Watch or read about measles in the Tudor era.
Scribonia Attice, Ancient Roman Midwife
Scribonia Attice was a midwife in ancient Rome; a well-respected professional who considered herself the equal of her husband, a surgeon.
Syrian Baby Carriers in Ancient Egypt
An Egyptologist from 1904 considers the infant carriers found on a 3,500 year old tomb wall.