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A grotesque accouchement. Oil painting.

Pietro, della Vecchia, 1602 or 1603-1678.
Date
[between 1600 and 1699]

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Four grotesque dwarfish figures: a hunchbacked man and an old midwife help a woman give birth, producing eggs, while on the left a woman boils a donkey in a cauldron to produce gruel for the mother. In the foreground, babies break out of the eggs: possibly a parody of Leonardo da Vinci's painting of Leda and the swan

Publication/Creation

[between 1600 and 1699]

Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 64 x 76 cm

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 44686i

Creator/production credits

Pictures of crowds of tiny dwarfs are often attributed to Faustino Bocchi or to the anonymous Maestro della Fertilità dell'Uovo. The present picture, however, is in a very different style, showing the dwarfs much larger by comparison with the size of the painting than is usual in paintings firmly attributed to Bocchi. An alternative attribution to Pietro Della Vecchia has been suggested

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