Oil painting of a 17th century woman cupping her belly, by Anthony van Dyck, title of painting "Queen Henrietta Maria" (detail), 1636, oil on canvas.
Anthony van Dyck, Queen Henrietta Maria (detail), 1636, oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bequest of Mrs Charles Wrightsman in honor of Annette de la Renta, 2019

Portraying pregnancy in 16th-and 17th-Century England

Hybrid event (in-person and virtual)

Join celebrated art historian and curator Karen Hearn for “Big-Bellied Women: Portraying Pregnancy in 16th and 17th-Century England,” an exploration of early modern depictions of pregnancy in British art. Hearn, a former curator at Tate Britain and honorary professor at University College London, argues many early modern works depicted pregnancy overtly, contrary to previous thought, for a variety of reasons and motivations.

This lecture, which will be presented free of charge in person and online, is open to the public with ASL interpretation and live captioning available. The Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Agnes) will remain open until 9 pm.

Agnes is pleased to partner with the Queen’s Lecture Series to host the Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art, which is made possible through the generous support of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. This new series showcases a number of donor-funded lectures from across the university throughout the year and provides alumni and the broader Queen’s community greater access to some of the university’s top researchers and internationally respected visiting scholars.

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Event Details


Agnes Etherington Art Centre
36 University Ave
Kingston ON