The Hand that Rocked the Cradle

The Art of Birth and Infancy

Sue Laurence

The Hand that Rocked the Cradle

Sue Laurence

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

192 pages | 50 color plates, 65 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Cloth $37.95 ISBN: 9781911604556 Will Publish December 2018 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Throughout the history of art, artists have been drawn to images of birth and infancy. After all, who doesn’t want to look at a baby? This book uses that bounty of imagery to offer a fresh perspective on the history of birth and the early years of life through a rich array of images and objects, including paintings, prints, sculptures, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, furniture, and woodwork—as well as images from medical and social history collections.

            Exploring a long chronological scope, from around 1300 to the turn of the twentieth century, Sue Laurence provides insight into the enduring nature of many traditions and experiences related to childhood and infancy—many of which we tend to assume are of recent vintage, but turn out, when examined closely, to have roots in the medieval era. Packed with beautiful images, and offering surprising new interpretations and contextualization, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a treasure trove for any lover of art—or doting parent.
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