The Purpose of Amplification

[aras-image:5Ga.058,a,8,,,Figure 7 The Virgin and Child with St. Anne.]

I would rephrase this sentence to say that what has been lost are archetypal images of the Self as feminine. However such images do survive in Western culture in the Byzantine mosaics of Mary as the Mother of God. It also appears in paintings of the Virgin and Saint Anne. In the paintings by Leonardo and Massacio, Saint Anne seems more like a visualization of the Self as feminine than an image of the Great Mother, as suggested by Neumann. In Leonardo's the figure of Saint Anne stands behind the Virgin and Child looking over the shoulder of the Virgin or whispering in her ear, whereas, in Massacio, Saint Anne encircles them within her body and cloak. Such elaborations do amplify an image beyond its first apparent context and associations giving a wider context of meaning.
In terms of the concerns expressed above, such images seem available in "mainstream" culture only within the traditions and definitions of collective Christian value. The paintings of Mary Cassatt in the 19th century carry further the archetypal relationship of mother and child but in a secular setting. However, those arenas of realization and action are not wide enough to include all women.