Karen Hearn, former curator at the Tate Britain and a world-renowned expert on British portraiture currently teaching at University College London, reflects on images of pregnant women from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She contends that many images did, contrary to previous thought, portray women as overtly pregnant and for a variety of motivations
With ASL interpretation
The study of portraiture and pregnancy together offers a fresh lens through which to look at history and at art history. It encourages us to rethink the context in which many past portraits were made, as well as the life experiences of women sitters.
This program is made possible through the generous support of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Agnes is pleased to partner with the Queen’s Lecture Series to host the Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art.