Iphis and Ianthe prints

midwife, baby, Teletheusa

"Teletheusa remembered what the goddess had told her." The midwife gives the baby to Teletheusa. Of course she could not possibly have left her baby on the mountain to die: she is in love with her. Sometimes a higher power will tell us to do something that accords with our heart but which is against what ordinary life requires: in this case the goddess Io has already told Teletheusa to keep the baby. To do this Teletheusa has to pretend to Ligdus her husband that the baby is a boy. Only the midwife knows the truth. (print number 2)

This scene is taken from a Greek vase painting c 430 BC by the Kodros painter. The original shows Gaia giving Erichthonius to Athene.


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