Exhibition: Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media

This exhibition runs from Fri, 24th Jan 2020 to Sun, 26th Apr 2020. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Fri,
24th Jan 2020  
(10am - 5pm)  <– Today
Sat,
25th Jan 2020  
(10am - 5pm)
Sun,
26th Jan 2020  
(10am - 5pm)
Tue,
28th Jan 2020  
(10am - 5pm)
Wed,
29th Jan 2020  
(10am - 5pm)
Thu,
30th Jan 2020  
(10am - 5pm)
Fri,
31st Jan 2020  
(10am - 5pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Fri, 24th Jan 2020

Cost: £13.20


Portraying Pregnancy is a major exhibition exploring representations of the pregnant female body through portraits, over 500 years.

Until the twentieth century, many women spent most of their adult years pregnant. Despite this, pregnancies are seldom apparent in surviving portraits. This exhibition brings together images of women – mainly British – who were depicted at a time when they were pregnant (whether visibly so or not). Through paintings, prints, photographs, objects and clothing from the fifteenth century to the present day, discover 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.

Portraying Pregnancy, is curated by Karen Hearn and brings together, for the first time, rare examples of these portraits providing an exceptional opportunity to situate contemporary issues of women’s identity, emotion, empowerment and autonomy in a 500-year context.

The exhibition includes Holbein’s beautiful portrait of Thomas More’s daughter, Cicely Heron, which was sketched from life; the maternity dress that Princess Charlotte wore for her portrait painted by George Dawe in 1817, the year that she died in childbirth, both on loan by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection; and the Foundling Museum’s celebrated painting by William Hogarth, The March of the Guards to Finchley, 1750, which features a heavily pregnant woman at its centre.


Contact and Booking Details

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Location

Foundling Museum,

40 Brunswick Square, London,
WC1N 1AZ

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