The Aesthetics of Childbirth

Peg Brand, Paula Granger

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Images abound of women throughout the ages engaging in various activities. But why are there so few representations of childbirth in visual art? Feminist artist Judy Chicago once suggested that depictions of women giving birth do not commonly occur in Western culture but can be found in other contexts such as pre-Columbian art or societies previously considered “primitive, " such as the pre-Columbian Aztec goddess Tlazolteotl pictured in the act of childbirth (Chicago and Lucie-Smith 1999, 54; Chicago 1985, 34).1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophical Inquiries into Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mothering
Subtitle of host publicationMaternal Subjects
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781136511233
ISBN (Print)9780415891875
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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