A mother wrapping a baby in swaddling bandages, with a child, the baby's nurse, and two other servants. Engraving by A. Bosse, 1633.
- Bosse, Abraham, 1602-1676.
- Part of
- Le mariage à la ville
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In front of a blazing fireplace sit three women. The left one stretches a cloth across the front of the fire to warm it: she is described in the lettering as "cette jeune servente, qui chauffe la couche a l'enfant". To the right of her is a woman with a child: the woman holds the baby and wraps or unwraps its swaddling clothes. She is presumably the mother, described in the lettering as having a "mine ... si fort en bon poinct". She wears a headdress which is indistinct. To the right of her is an older woman, wearing a bonnet on the back of her head: she is presumed to be the nurse, referred to in the lettering as "cette gentille nourrice, / coiffee de son bauolet". She rolls up a roll of swaddling band. Blum seems to confuse the nurse and the mother when he says, "A côté de la jeune mere, la nourrice emmaillote l'enfant" (loc. cit.), meaning that, next to the young mother, the nurse wraps the baby (sc. in swaddling clothes).
In the background a woman uses a rod to prepare the mother's bed: to smooth the bedclothes? A painting leaning against the right wall shows the Holy Family with Christ sucking at the breast of the Virgin
Identification of the subject by Blum, Villa and others as "La visite à la nourrice" seems questionable, as the house seems to be the mother's
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