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Maternal Collection

"Capturing the Essence of Maternal Love: A Global Tapestry" From Central America's lush Costa Rica to timeless works of art, maternal love transcends borders and eras

Background imageMaternal Collection: Central America, Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica
Three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) Mother & baby, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Background imageMaternal Collection: Sleeping baby

Sleeping baby
MODEL RELEASED. Sleeping baby being cuddled by her mother. This baby girl is 3 months old

Background imageMaternal Collection: Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)

Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)
1197530 Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas) by Chierici, Gaetano (1838-1920); 33x42 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageMaternal Collection: Female Homo habilis

Female Homo habilis. Artists impression of a female Homo habilis holding her young and plucking fruit from a tree. H. habilis was an ancestor of modern humans that lived between around 2.1

Background imageMaternal Collection: Virgin of Mercy, detail of the central panel, c. 1429 (tempera on panel)

Virgin of Mercy, detail of the central panel, c. 1429 (tempera on panel)
XIR167594 Virgin of Mercy, detail of the central panel, c.1429 (tempera on panel) by Mirailhet, Jean (d.1457); Musee d Art et d Histoire, Palais Massena, Nice

Background imageMaternal Collection: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and her child. Georgiana Cavendish (1757-1806), born Georgiana Spencer, was the first wife of the 5th Duke of Devonshire and a celebrated socialite of her day

Background imageMaternal Collection: Judgment of Solomon (oil on panel)

Judgment of Solomon (oil on panel)
471523 Judgment of Solomon (oil on panel) by Floris, Frans (1519-70); 123x208 cm; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Background imageMaternal Collection: A Lady Walking in a Garden, standing full length and Holding her Small Child by the Hand

A Lady Walking in a Garden, standing full length and Holding her Small Child by the Hand
651793 A Lady Walking in a Garden, standing full length and Holding her Small Child by the Hand; Possibly a Study for The Richmond Water-Walk, (black chalk and stump)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Girl with doll in pram, Balham, SW London

Girl with doll in pram, Balham, SW London
A little girl hugs her doll in a pram on a Balham street, SW London. Date: circa 1961

Background imageMaternal Collection: A mother sea otter swims on her back as her baby rests on her stomach in Alaskan waters

A mother sea otter swims on her back as her baby rests on her stomach in Alaskan waters

Background imageMaternal Collection: Queen Mother visiting London evacuees at Horsted Keynes, 1939

Queen Mother visiting London evacuees at Horsted Keynes, 1939
The Queen Mother(1900-2002) with evacuated children from Battersea. A little four year old girl called Shirely here is playing " mothers"

Background imageMaternal Collection: Parents kissing baby boy

Parents kissing baby boy
MODEL RELEASED. Parents kissing baby boy. Mother and father kissing their 6-month-old baby boy

Background imageMaternal Collection: The Holy Family, mid 19th-19th century. Creator: Josef Kohlschein

The Holy Family, mid 19th-19th century. Creator: Josef Kohlschein
The Holy Family, mid 19th-19th century

Background imageMaternal Collection: African elephant and calf, Mana Pools NP, Zimbabwe

African elephant and calf, Mana Pools NP, Zimbabwe
An African elephant calf(Loxodonta africana) suckles from its mother

Background imageMaternal Collection: Bathing on the Beach, 1908 (oil on canvas)

Bathing on the Beach, 1908 (oil on canvas)
XIR201608 Bathing on the Beach, 1908 (oil on canvas) by Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923); 77x105 cm; Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Spain; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mitochondrial DNA

Mitochondrial DNA. Computer artwork of the genetic material (DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid) found in the cell structures called mitochondria

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mother and Child on a Path by the Sea (oil on canvas)

Mother and Child on a Path by the Sea (oil on canvas)
CH344426 Mother and Child on a Path by the Sea (oil on canvas) by Blommers or Bloomers, Bernardus Johannes (1845-1914); Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images; Dutch, out of copyright

Background imageMaternal Collection: Magellanic Oystercatcher (Haematopus leucopodus)

Magellanic Oystercatcher (Haematopus leucopodus)
A Magellanic Oystercatcher along with a newly hatched chick.Carcass Island

Background imageMaternal Collection: Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate (oil on board)

Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate (oil on board)
5958515 Virgin and Child with a Pomegranate (oil on board) by Botticelli, Sandro (Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi) (1444/5-1510); National Museum Wales; (add.info)

Background imageMaternal Collection: You And Bebe, 1884 (painting)

You And Bebe, 1884 (painting)
7431592 You And Bebe, 1884 (painting) by Werenskiold, Erik Theodor (1855-1938); 46x26 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Erik Werenskiold (1855-1938)); Photo © O. Vaering

Background imageMaternal Collection: Untitled (painting)

Untitled (painting)
7432277 Untitled (painting) by Krohg, Christian (1852-1925); Private Collection; (add.info.: Christian Krohg (1852-1925)); Photo © O. Vaering

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mother and Child, 1924 (woodcut on paper)

Mother and Child, 1924 (woodcut on paper)
NGW390194 Mother and Child, 1924 (woodcut on paper) by Gill, Eric (1882-1940); 21.7x10 cm; National Museum Wales; National Museums & Galleries of Wales

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mother and Child relief (bronze)

Mother and Child relief (bronze)
NGW342602 Mother and Child relief (bronze) by Munro, Alexander (1825-71); height: 52 cm; National Museum Wales; National Museums & Galleries of Wales

Background imageMaternal Collection: The smile on Fanny Berrys face tells a story as old as time

The smile on Fanny Berrys face tells a story as old as time. Even at 109, she beams with happiness as she cuddles baby Emma Eley. It is a feeling Fanny knows well

Background imageMaternal Collection: La Berceuse, 1889 (oil on canvas)

La Berceuse, 1889 (oil on canvas)
3432913 La Berceuse, 1889 (oil on canvas) by Gogh, Vincent van (1853-90); 92.7x73.7 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageMaternal Collection: Minoan faience figure of a Snake Goddess, 17th century BC

Minoan faience figure of a Snake Goddess, 17th century BC
Minoan faience figure of a Snake Goddess, from the central shrine of the Minoan Royal Palace at Knossos in Crete. Her bare breats emphasise the maternal nature of the goddess

Background imageMaternal Collection: Princess Victoria of Hesse with her great-grandson

Princess Victoria of Hesse with her great-grandson
Princess Victoria of Hesse, later the Marchioness of Milford Haven (1863-1950) with her great grandson, Ludwig Ernst Andreas of Hesse

Background imageMaternal Collection: The Lady Elphinstone, D. C. V. O

The Lady Elphinstone, D. C. V. O
A portrait photograph of Mary Frances Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone, the maternal aunt and godparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageMaternal Collection: Lady Dufferin & Ava with son

Lady Dufferin & Ava with son
Maureen, Lady Dufferin (1907-1998) with her son (1938-1988), Sheridan Dufferin, who went on to become a patron of the arts. Date: 1939

Background imageMaternal Collection: Countess of Feversham and daughter

Countess of Feversham and daughter
The Countess of Feversham (1910-1995), born Lady Anne Dorothy Wood, with her daughter Lady Clarissa Duncombe (b. 1938). Date: 1939

Background imageMaternal Collection: Jane Hamilton, Wife of 9th Lord Cathcart, and Her Daughter Jane, Later Duchess of Atholl

Jane Hamilton, Wife of 9th Lord Cathcart, and Her Daughter Jane, Later Duchess of Atholl, 1754-55 (oil on canvas)
6269104 Jane Hamilton, Wife of 9th Lord Cathcart, and Her Daughter Jane, Later Duchess of Atholl, 1754-55 (oil on canvas) by Reynolds, Joshua (1723-92); 124x99 cm; Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mother and Child, 1873 (oil on canvas)

Mother and Child, 1873 (oil on canvas)
2560291 Mother and Child, 1873 (oil on canvas) by Hicks, George Elgar (1824-1914); 125x104 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageMaternal Collection: An Italian Mother and Child, 1886 (oil on canvas)

An Italian Mother and Child, 1886 (oil on canvas)
3620060 An Italian Mother and Child, 1886 (oil on canvas) by Swynnerton, Annie Louisa (1844-1933); 126x74 cm; Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageMaternal Collection: On the Staircase (oil on panel)

On the Staircase (oil on panel)
MAN278071 On the Staircase (oil on panel) by Kilburne, George Goodwin (1839-1924); 25.3x17.7 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; © Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mother, child, and nurse, c. 1790 (nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print)

Mother, child, and nurse, c. 1790 (nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print)
7394118 Mother, child, and nurse, c.1790 (nishiki-e (multi-block) woodblock print) by Utamaro, Kitagawa (1753-1806); 55.5x40.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageMaternal Collection: Statue of a mother goddess, 1st/2nd century AD (marble)

Statue of a mother goddess, 1st/2nd century AD (marble)
7146650 Statue of a mother goddess, 1st/2nd century AD (marble) by Roman, (2nd century); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Statue of a mother goddess, 1st/2nd century AD)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mother and Child, (oil on canvas)

Mother and Child, (oil on canvas)
826921 Mother and Child, (oil on canvas) by Hankey, William Lee (1869-1952); 45.7x38 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Mother and Child. William Lee-Hankey. (1869-1952). Oil on canvas

Background imageMaternal Collection: Madonna and child, c. 1503 (oil on wood panel)

Madonna and child, c. 1503 (oil on wood panel)
3362046 Madonna and child, c.1503 (oil on wood panel) by Montagna, Bartolomeo (c.1450-1525); Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City; Photo © Stefano Baldini

Background imageMaternal Collection: Woman with child, 1927, (oil on canvas)

Woman with child, 1927, (oil on canvas)
7129275 Woman with child, 1927, (oil on canvas) by Tommasi, Ludovico (Lodovico) (1866-1941); Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Woman with child, 1927)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Ecce mater, 1910-1920, (fire resistant material)

Ecce mater, 1910-1920, (fire resistant material)
7129277 Ecce mater, 1910-1920, (fire resistant material) by Ximenes, Ettore (1855-1926) ; Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Ecce mater, 1910-1920)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mother of sorrows, 1931, (oil on canvas)

Mother of sorrows, 1931, (oil on canvas)
7129271 Mother of sorrows, 1931, (oil on canvas) by Scrocco Tomescu, Virginia (1886-1950); Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Mother of sorrows, 1931)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Peasant woman nursing a baby, 1873, (terracotta)

Peasant woman nursing a baby, 1873, (terracotta)
7146871 Peasant woman nursing a baby, 1873, (terracotta) by Dalou, Aime Jules (1838-1902); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Peasant woman nursing a baby, 1873, by Aime-Jules Dalou)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mothers, 1924, (oil on canvas)

Mothers, 1924, (oil on canvas)
7129269 Mothers, 1924, (oil on canvas) by Calcagnadoro, Antonino (1876-1935); Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Mothers, 1924, Antonio Calcagnadoro)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Family under the arches, 1914, (oil on canvas)

Family under the arches, 1914, (oil on canvas)
7129261 Family under the arches, 1914, (oil on canvas) by Spadini, Armando (1883-1925); Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy; (add.info.: Family under the arches, 1914)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Allegorical figure, 1575-80, (oil on wood)

Allegorical figure, 1575-80, (oil on wood)
7129029 Allegorical figure, 1575-80, (oil on wood) by Morandini, Francesco (Il Poppi) (1544-97); Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Allegorical figure, 1575-80)

Background imageMaternal Collection: Mrs. Valtat Sewing and Her Son Jean; Mme. Valtat Cousant et son Fils Jean, (oil on canvas)

Mrs. Valtat Sewing and Her Son Jean; Mme. Valtat Cousant et son Fils Jean, (oil on canvas)
656501 Mrs. Valtat Sewing and Her Son Jean; Mme. Valtat Cousant et son Fils Jean, (oil on canvas) by Valtat, Louis (1869-1952); 50x61.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Mrs)

Background imageMaternal Collection: La Promenade a l'Arc de Triomphe, 1919 (oil on panel)

La Promenade a l'Arc de Triomphe, 1919 (oil on panel)
652600 La Promenade a l'Arc de Triomphe, 1919 (oil on panel) by Valtat, Louis (1869-1952); 39x47.7 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: La Promenade a l'Arc de Triomphe)

Background imageMaternal Collection: The Stile, 1899 (w/c on paper)

The Stile, 1899 (w/c on paper)
XPG379887 The Stile, 1899 (w/c on paper) by Hankey, William Lee (1869-1952); Private Collection



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"Capturing the Essence of Maternal Love: A Global Tapestry" From Central America's lush Costa Rica to timeless works of art, maternal love transcends borders and eras. Just like a sleeping baby, it knows no boundaries. Reminiscent of the Judgment of Solomon, where a mother's fierce protection is revealed, we witness a Lady Walking in a Garden holding her small child's hand. Maternal instincts are not exclusive to humans; even our ancient ancestors, like Female Homo habilis, cared for their young with tender devotion. In religious masterpieces such as the Virgin of Mercy or The Holy Family by Josef Kohlschein, we find solace in divine representations of nurturing love. Across time and space, maternal bonds persist. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire exuded grace while embracing her children with unwavering affection. Similarly heartwarming is the sight of a mother sea otter swimming on her back as her baby rests peacefully on her stomach amidst Alaskan waters. In times of hardship and uncertainty, mothers bring comfort and hope. Queen Mother's visit to London evacuees at Horsted Keynes during 1939 reflects this unwavering support that only a mother can provide. Whether it be parents kissing their baby boy or an African elephant gently guiding its calf through Mana Pools NP in Zimbabwe – these moments encapsulate the universal language spoken by all mothers: unconditional love. Maternal love knows no bounds – from ancient civilizations to modern-day wonders – it remains an eternal force that shapes lives and nurtures souls across continents and generations.