The Great Mother: Women, Maternity, and Power in Art and Visual Culture, 1900 - 2015

The Great Mother: Women, Maternity, and Power in Art and Visual Culture, 1900 - 2015
Library Shelf Location 06.WOME
Publication Date 2016

Whether as a symbol of creativity or as a metaphor for art itself, the archetype of the mother has been a central figure in the history of art, from the Venuses of the Stone Age to the "bad girls" of the postfeminist era and through centuries of religious works depicting innumerable maternity scenes. The more familiar version of “Mamma” has also become a stereotype closely tied to the image of Italy. In undertaking an analysis of the representation of motherhood, the catalogue The Great Mother will trace a history of women’s empowerment, chronicling gender struggles, sexual politics, and clashes between tradition and emancipation. The volume will mix past and present, juxtaposing contemporary art, historical works, and artifacts from the world of film and literature, weaving a rich tapestry of associations and images. The volume will bring together nearly 300 colour images, illustrating monographic texts and in-depth information on all the artists in the exhibition and a collection of new essays and criticism, written specifically for the occasion by Massimiliano Gioni, Lucia Re, Adrien Sina, Ruth Hemus, Calvin Tomkins, Whitney Chadwick, Guido Tintori, Matteo Pavesi, Marco Belpoliti, Raffaella Perna, Pietro Rigolo, Lea Vergine, Barbara Casavecchia.

ISBN 9788857228600
Quantity 1
Pages 400p; 21.1 x 2.8 x 27.9 cm
Authors Giuliano Pisapia, Filippo Del Corno
Format Softcover
Publisher Skira Editore
Categories Group Exhibition/Multiple Artists, Art by Subject
Keywords Gender issues, Women, Motherhood
Language English

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