Museums and galleries across the UK are currently subject to temporary closures. Please check venue websites for more information.

Study Day: Portraying Pregnancy is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

Delve further into the imagery and history of pregnancy in this study day. Hear from a range of speakers with different perspectives on the subject, including Karen Hearn, the exhibition’s expert curator, historical expert on conception, Isabel Davis, art historian, Kate Retford, and expert on the history of pregnancy dress, Amy Wilson.

Professor Karen Hearn FSA was the curator of 16th and 17th-century British art at Tate Britain from 1992 to 2012. Now an Honorary Professor at University College London, she specialises in art produced in Britain between 1500 and 1710, and also in British-Netherlandish cultural links during that period.

Kate Retford is Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published widely on 18th-century British art, particularly on the portraiture of the period and the country house art collection.

Isabel Davis is a Reader in Medieval Literature and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published extensively on the literature and culture of the late Middle Ages, and recently her work has turned to the cross-disciplinary and cross-period history of what she calls ‘un-pregnancy’: an ambiguous phase before a pregnancy diagnosis can be achieved.

Ticket includes lunch.

LondonCourses and study days

Exhibitions and events at The Foundling Museum

Related exhibitions and events

Back to top