Jacob Rueff (1500-1558) was tasked with teaching midwives not because of experience in the field but because, as a physician, poet, and playwright, among other talents, he was the most educated person in the area. His diagrams are elaborate, fantastical, and, needless to say, inaccurate. Jakob's Baby is constructed from scrap fabrics. Jakob's Embryos are seven hand-embroidered coifs. A coif is the cloth cap worn in the Renaissance, particularly by
peasants and was chosen here to parallel the types of labour performed by women,from farm and domestic servitude to needlework to childbirth.
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