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3 - 4pm, Thursday 2nd Jan

Curator Tour


Karen Hearn [Exhibiton Curator] - Portraying Pregnancy From Holbein to Social Media

The Foundling Museum presents the first major exhibition to explore representations of the pregnant female body through portraits from the past 500 years.

Join Karen Hearn, art historian and the exhibition’s curator, for an in-depth guided tour.

Through paintings, prints, photographs, objects and clothing from the fifteenth century to the present day, Portraying Pregnancy will explore the different ways in which pregnancy was, or was not, represented; how shifting social attitudes have impacted on depictions of pregnant women; how the possibility of death in childbirth brought additional tension to such representations; and how more recent images, which often reflect increased female agency and empowerment, still remain highly charged.


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