Motherhood in art
To explore the representation of motherhood, we choose some of our favourite Madonna with children from the early Renaissance. And if some of them are delicate, some others are funnier. If you prefer impressionism, you will love Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt's portraits of moms!

This film delves into the subject of motherhood as seen through the eyes of artists, providing a fresh insight into maternity as an art-historical subject and revealing the ways in which it has been confronted and re-imagined over the past 400 years.

Whether we are mothers ourselves, or whether we bring or nurture life in a wider sense, we all have some understanding of motherhood. Giving birth to their creations, artists have represented this vital and complex subject in a variety of ways, providing insight into what motherhood might mean, its joys and challenges, and seeking to articulate its unspoken aspects.

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On the agenda
video - 4:36
Motherhood & Art
By: Tate
video - 11:51
Know the Artist: Mary Cassatt
By: Several Circles
video - 1:58
Art History Minute: Madonna with the Long Neck
By: Accessible art history
video - 1:46
Art History Minute : The Madonna of Bruges
By: Accessible art history
video - 2:38
Why babies in medieval paintings look like ugly old men
By: Vox Media
video - 3:07
Berthe Morisot
By: Art Heroes
video - 1:48
Art History Minute: Madonna di Loreto by Caravaggio
By: Accessible art history