Public lectures and events

Motherhood in Art History

Sat, 25 May 2019 1:30 PM

Mothers have taken on many guises in the history of Western art, ranging from ordinary women to miraculous deities. This lecture will survey a rich variety of depictions of mothers, childbirth and childminding, from prehistory through the Renaissance and into the modern era, showing how such images continue to inform contemporary notions of what it means to be a mother. Artists to be discussed include Botticelli, Raphael, Cassatt, Klimt, Modersohn- Becker, Lange, Bourgeois, Chicago, Opie, Hurst, Quinn, Mueck and many others. 

This free event is co-sponsored by the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program and the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society.

Date(s): Sat, May 25, 1:30-3 p.m.

Location: Room 1900, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Admission: Seats for Free Forums are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the talk. While we cannot guarantee or reserve seats, there will be 200 available.

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts


  • Efrat El-Hanany

    Dr. El-Hanany is a faculty member in the Art History and Women and Gender Studies Departments at Capilano University in North Vancouver. An art historian, she specializes in the visual culture of the Italian Renaissance with additional interests in traditions of Jewish art, contemporary art, and the art of China.

    She graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a BA in the history of art and East Asian studies and a BA in education. After several years' experience teaching and developing educational programs at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, she went on to earn an MA and a PhD from Indiana University in Bloomington. Her PhD dissertation, Beating the Devil: Images of the Madonna del Soccorso in Italian Renaissance Art (2006), focuses on issues of iconography, gender, and social and religious history.

    Dr. El-Hanany’s engagement with art history has taken many forms: she has published on diverse topics and presented at numerous academic conferences. She has for many years taught continuing studies courses at various cultural institutions around Vancouver and elsewhere.



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