Detail of Textile Panel with Embracing Figures © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.jpg

Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media

Neighbourhood
Location
The Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square
WC1N 1AZ
London
Event time
Tue – Sat, 10:00 – 17:00 Sun, 11:00 – 17:00 Mon closed
Cost
£10.50
Adult
£8.25
Adult
Date
24 Jan 2020 - 26 Apr 2020
Next event: 7 Apr 2020
24 Jan 2020
25 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020
27 Jan 2020
28 Jan 2020
29 Jan 2020
30 Jan 2020
31 Jan 2020
1 Feb 2020
2 Feb 2020
3 Feb 2020
4 Feb 2020
5 Feb 2020
6 Feb 2020
7 Feb 2020
8 Feb 2020
9 Feb 2020
10 Feb 2020
11 Feb 2020
12 Feb 2020
13 Feb 2020
14 Feb 2020
15 Feb 2020
16 Feb 2020
17 Feb 2020
18 Feb 2020
19 Feb 2020
20 Feb 2020
21 Feb 2020
22 Feb 2020
23 Feb 2020
24 Feb 2020
25 Feb 2020
26 Feb 2020
27 Feb 2020
28 Feb 2020
29 Feb 2020
1 Mar 2020
2 Mar 2020
3 Mar 2020
4 Mar 2020
5 Mar 2020
6 Mar 2020
7 Mar 2020
8 Mar 2020
9 Mar 2020
10 Mar 2020
11 Mar 2020
12 Mar 2020
13 Mar 2020
14 Mar 2020
15 Mar 2020
16 Mar 2020
17 Mar 2020
18 Mar 2020
19 Mar 2020
20 Mar 2020
21 Mar 2020
22 Mar 2020
23 Mar 2020
24 Mar 2020
25 Mar 2020
26 Mar 2020
27 Mar 2020
28 Mar 2020
29 Mar 2020
30 Mar 2020
31 Mar 2020
1 Apr 2020
2 Apr 2020
3 Apr 2020
4 Apr 2020
5 Apr 2020
6 Apr 2020
7 Apr 2020
8 Apr 2020
9 Apr 2020
10 Apr 2020
11 Apr 2020
12 Apr 2020
13 Apr 2020
14 Apr 2020
15 Apr 2020
16 Apr 2020
17 Apr 2020
18 Apr 2020
19 Apr 2020
20 Apr 2020
21 Apr 2020
22 Apr 2020
23 Apr 2020
24 Apr 2020
25 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020

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.

Category