1. Raphael’s La Donna Gravida (The Pregnant Woman) was painted between 1505 and 1506.
The woman in the portrait is wearing a very period-typical gown covered by a white apron. The bodices of early Renaissance era gowns were often laced together at the seams. When a woman was pregnant the laces could be loosened to provide extra room, but resulted in unsightly gaps between seams as seen in the previous painting I posted. Aprons were so commonly used to cover lacing gaps during pregnancy that they remained closely associated with maternity fashion well into the 18th century.

    Raphael’s La Donna Gravida (The Pregnant Woman) was painted between 1505 and 1506.

    The woman in the portrait is wearing a very period-typical gown covered by a white apron. The bodices of early Renaissance era gowns were often laced together at the seams. When a woman was pregnant the laces could be loosened to provide extra room, but resulted in unsightly gaps between seams as seen in the previous painting I posted. Aprons were so commonly used to cover lacing gaps during pregnancy that they remained closely associated with maternity fashion well into the 18th century.

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