Mothers occupy one of the most fundamental roles within human existence. Contemplating the theme of motherhood within artistic representations, therefore, allows some quite fascinating insights into our shifting views on the subject. Whether considering the spiritual expressions of prehistory or the complexity of postmodernism, a journey through centuries of art exposes the evolving social experiences of women and children in an intriguing variety of expressions.

Early depictions of maternity may be suggested in the so-called Venus figurines unearthed across Europe and parts of Asia. Dating back ...


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