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Motherhood

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Motherhood

Personal museum projekt

In autumn 2017 the Museum of Fine Arts and some of the MA students of the Metropolitan University of Budapest collaborated on a project within the framework of the institution’s integrated arts course with museum interpretation being at its focus. In addition to telling stories with and about works of art, the semester’s key drivers were creativity and thinking outside the box. It is important to note that the alternative routes were designed by the students based on a personal approach and not art history criteria. The project and the sharing of the routes have a two-fold purpose: to draw attention to the various possible approaches to a classical artwork, and to encourage visitors to build a personal relationship with the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts.

First please welcome the personal route recommended by Katalin Tasnádi (design and art management graduate, mother of two) inspired by the theme that is the most topical and important to her at the moment: motherhood.

Stations

  • Abraham Janssens: Diana Discovering Callisto’s Pregnancy
  • Anthonie Blocklandt: Adoration of the Shepherds
  • Girolamo Romanino: Virgin and Child
  • Attributed to Lambert Sustris: Virgin with the Sleeping Christ Child
  • Correggio: Virgin Suckling the Child
  • Bernardino Luini: Virgin and Child with Sts Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara
  • Andrea Solario: Virgin and Child

Abraham Janssens: Diana Discovering Callisto’s Pregnancy

 Abraham Janssens: Diana Discovering Callisto’s Pregnancy

You are pregnant.

Relax, you have nine months to process this. By the time you get your head round the idea that a human being is actually developing inside you, it is virtually time to push. Along the way you will also experience many new things: ultrasound examinations, maternity exercises, growing body parts, tossing and turning at nights, childbirth classes.

Anthonie Blocklandt: Adoration of the Shepherds

Anthonie Blocklandt: Adoration of the Shepherds

The baby is born.

The moment when a mother sees her baby burns into her retina for good. It overwrites all the hardships up to that point. The adventure of a lifetime has begun. But wait a minute, how do I take care of the umbilical cord stump? And what is this nipple shield? And where has the dummy gone?

Girolamo Romanino: Virgin and Child

Girolamo Romanino: Virgin and Child

The beginning

Your little treasure is resting on your chest, yet you feel your life has never been this awful. Welcome to postnatal depression, also known as the baby blues, which catches up with almost all women in the first few days after giving birth, due to the hormonal changes. And it may last longer for the ’lucky few’.

Attributed to Lambert Sustris: Virgin with the Sleeping Christ Child

Attributed to Lambert Sustris: Virgin with the Sleeping Christ Child

Free time

When your baby falls asleep in your lap and stops you from getting up for about two hours…

Correggio: Virgin Suckling the Child

Correggio: Virgin Suckling the Child

Weaning

Whether spontaneously or through weaning, one day the period of breastfeeding will end. You might have often thought breastfeeding a burden, now you miss it. You feel that you and your child will never be as close to each other again. The period of separation has begun and the only thing left for us to do is accept it. There will be some adventures on the way of course.

 

Bernardino Luini: Virgin and Child with Sts Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara

Bernardino Luini: Virgin and Child with Sts Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara

Little Jesus, don’t be naughty…

Welcome to the club of worriers. You must have read about ten self-help books for mothers about attachment, the terrible 2s, the emotions of young children, and how not to spoil your little one…

After the many useful and not so useful tips, the time has come for you to use your common sense.

Andrea Solario: Virgin and Child

Andrea Solario: Virgin and Child

Instagram selfie

This picture depicts perfect happiness. The amount of love flooding toward and from you is simply incredible. Of course there is much hardship along the journey called motherhood, but the relationship between you and your child is worth every sacrifice.