This is a commissioned portrait of a lady who is a midwife in "real life." The portrait depicts her as a Renaissance midwife holding a swaddled baby. I tried to make the details of the interior reflect a warm European ambience. I think her dress would be a bit too fancy for the actual birth but in this picture I imagine that she is presenting the child to the family after a successful delivery.
"Renaissance Midwife" is 14" x 18", ink and watercolor on illustration board, March 1994.
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