Maternity, Motherhood, and Childcare in Art and History
How have maternity and pregnancy been portrayed in art throughout history? We will explore various artworks as a way of looking into the historical and sociological evolution of the role and status of the mother, the process of maternity, the experience of birthing, and the task of childcare. From the ancient art of tribal and traditional societies (e.g., Native American, African) to modern art, via ancient Egypt and Greece, we will discuss the evolution of parenting as a mirror of the evolution of human societies. The works of famous artists such as Gustav Klimt, Rembrandt van Rijn, William Hogarth, Norman Rockwell, and Alison Lapper, as well as lesser-known artists from around the globe, will be presented. By analyzing the symbolism in the representations by these artists, we will learn about the impact of notions of motherhood, parenthood, childbirth, and childcare on artists and their work.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the role of mothers and motherhood in different societies, as represented in art
- Familiarity with significant works of art that depict mothers and childcare
- Art enthusiasts
- Aspiring and practicing arts professionals