Portraying Pregnancy. From Holbein to the Social Networks

Portraying Pregnancy. From Holbein to the Social Networks
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An exhibition entirely dedicated to pregnancy at the Foundling Museum, explores the different ways in which the theme was depicted by artists, taking a close look at how this conditioned social attitudes. Works like the delicate drawing by Hans Holbein II of Sir Thomas More’s daughter, Cicely Heron, created in 1526 and on loan from the Royal Collection or the portrait of the celebrated actress of the 1700s, Sarah Siddons, in the role of Lady Macbeth - who performed successfully until the last weeks of her pregnancy - are just a few of the works on display. The fear of dying during childbirth, the theme of the Visitation - particularly moving and comforting for pregnant women - the full-figure portrait of the wife of Augusto John, which at the time must have seemed immensely transgressive, accompany the visitor. And lastly, a photo of Beyoncé pregnant.
Samantha De Martin - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London