From the Vault: Baby Jesus and the Homunculus


Byzantine mosaic of Virgin and Child, 11th century. Photo by Prisma/UIG/Getty Images

We’ve all marveled at the grotesque, oddly-proportioned old man babies in medieval art -- but why did artists of the period pain such creatures? In this special Christmas episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the convergence of the homunculus theory of human reproduction, the nativity and the infants of medieval and renaissance art. (Originally published Dec. 21, 2017)

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Topics in this Podcast: history, art, religion, sex, From the Vault