Transformation: Images of Childhood and Adolescence

August 12 — December 23, 2015
Ripin Print Gallery

This exhibition brings together works from the AMAM’s collection that take as their subject infants, children, and adolescents. Just as significant physical and emotional changes occur over the years spanning infancy to adolescence, artists’ representations of children have shifted dramatically over the centuries, using their subjects as illustration for a variety of ideas about family, art, and society. From formal, sacred presentations of the Holy Family to intimate portraits of beloved offspring that capture innocence and its loss, these works evoke the nostalgia and deep sentiments associated with childhood and chronicle the transformation of body and consciousness that occurs in the development toward adulthood.

Organized by Andaleeb Badiee Banta, Curator of European and American Art, and Juliet Vincente (OC 2016), Curatorial Assistant





Image:
Sir Joshua Reynolds (English, 1723–1792)
The Strawberry Girl, 1773–77
Oil on canvas
Mrs. F. F. Prentiss Bequest, 1944.53

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