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The Great Mother

Women, Maternity, and Power in Art and Visual Culture, 1900 - 2015

Filippo Del Corno Domenico Piraina Filippo Del Corno



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01 June 2016
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -; Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; Human figures depicted in art; Gender studies: women
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.
By:   Filippo Del Corno, Domenico Piraina, Filippo Del Corno
Imprint:   Skira
Country of Publication:   Italy
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 210mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   1.470kg
ISBN:   9788857228600
ISBN 10:   8857228606
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   01 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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

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 AMERICA

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