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Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art

In-Person and Online
Thursday 14 April 2022
6–8 pm

Karen Hearn presents “Big-Bellied Women: Portraying Pregnancy in 16th– and 17th-Century England”

“Big-Bellied Women: Portraying Pregnancy in 16th– and 17th-Century England”

Karen Hearn, former curator at the Tate and a world-renowned expert on British portraiture currently teaching at University College London, explores 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.

This lecture is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and live captioning available. Galleries remain open until 9 pm.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

Learn about Karen Hearn’s recent exhibition:
foundling museum in london > Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media
smithsonian magazine > The Evolution of Pregnancy Portraits, From Tudor England to Beyoncé
npr > Tracing 500 Years Of Pregnancy Portraits, From The Tudors To Today

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