Indian South Indian (Karnatak) Female Figure of a "Mother Goddess" with Child in Her Left Arm & holding Trident in Right Hand 1600 – 1799 bronze | Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel 1978/2.129
The intimate relationship between a mother and her child is one that spans centuries and continents and is frequently represented in a culture's artworks. The drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures in this resource depict a combination of closeness, love, dependency, ferocity and longing.
The first work is a lithographic print on paper in the style of Social Realism (wiki art) created by the Mexican artist, David Alfaro Siquieros. It depicts an infant with its mother who is also a child. They cling to each other and look weary of their dark, shadowy surroundings. The mother does not have any physical objects, not even shoes, yet she looks as though she would ferociously defend the child strapped to her back in a papoose.
The next is chalk on paper from Italian master, Girlamo Parmigianno, drawn in the 1500s.