Great Mother: Women, Maternity, and Power in Art and Visual Cultu
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Through the work of over eighty international artists, The Great Mother aims to analyze the iconography of motherhood in art and visual culture during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from early avant-garde movements to the present. 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 across centuries of religious works depicting countless maternity scenes. The more familiar version of "mother" has also become a stereotype closely tied to Italy. In attempting to analyze the portrayal of motherhood, The Great Mother traces a history of female empowerment, chronicling gender struggles, sexual politics, and tensions between tradition and emancipation. The volume combines past and present, juxtaposing contemporary art, historical works, and artifacts from film and literature, weaving a rich tapestry of associations and images. Artists include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ida Applebroog, Thomas Bayrle, Umberto Boccioni, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, and many more.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 210 x 282 x 25mm | 1,470g
  • SKIRA
  • Milan, Italy
  • English
  • 277 colour illustrations
  • 8857228606
  • 9788857228600
  • 1,011,512

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-The exceptional diversity of images and mediums skillfully tackles the complexity of visual culture, and is paralleled by the quality of the images that are intimately connected to each of the chapters. . . [The Great Mother], while diverse and intense, is very accessible and would appeal to a wide range of students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. . . The book's strength lies in the ability for the chapters to stand alone yet as a whole as is an invaluable reference.- -ART LIBRARIES SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAshow more

About Massimiliano Gioni

Massimiliano Gioni, Italian art critic and curator, is the Director of the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, as well as the Artistic Director of the New Museum in New York.show more

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" The exceptional diversity of images and mediums skillfully tackles the complexity of visual culture , and is paralleled by the quality of the images that are intimately connected to each of the chapters. . . [ The Great Mother ], while diverse and intense, is very accessible and would appeal to a wide range of students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. . . The book's strength lies in the ability for the chapters to stand alone yet as a whole as is an invaluable reference." - ART LIBRARIES SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAshow more

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