This is a delightful volume that brings together more than two-hundred works of art celebrating mothers and motherhood. Since the earliest humans began chipping away at stone and applying pigment to walls in an attempt to capture images of their worlds, they have depicted the maternal figure. From the fertility sculptures of the Paleolithic era to depictions of Gaia, the Earth Mother, in ancient Greece, to the countless paintings of the Madonna and Child, representations of motherhood - both symbolic and actual - have been among the most popular subjects in art. "The Art of Motherhood" is a delightful volume that brings together a collection of more than two-hundred artworks - including vases, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and paintings - paired with insightful, moving, and occasionally humorous quotations from a range of literary and public figures such as Plutarch, Dante, Shakespeare, Wilde, Freud, to Mae West.
Marta Gonzalez is a freelance art historian and successful author.