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A Mediterranean Trade Capital
Barcelona under the House of Habsburg
From the Spanish War of Succession to the Catalan Renaissance
From Cerdà's Enlargement Plan to the 1888 Expo
From the fin-de-siècle to the 1929 Expo
The Second Spanish Republic
After Franco's Victory
Metropolitan Barcelona and Transition towards Democracy
The Barcelona of the Democracy
Catalunya Square
Maternitat
Motherhood
1928
 
Code number 2001  - 1
Location
- Plaça Catalunya
Artist
- Sculptor: Vicenç Navarro, signed
Material
- Montjuïc stone
Size
- (h x a x b) in metres:
4.24 x 1.26 x 1.26 (total)
2.73 x 0.92 x 1 (figure)
1.51 x 1.26 x 1.26 (base)
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Collection
- The City of Barcelona

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REVIEW

As its title indicates, this sculpture is a homage to motherhood, a subject-matter in consonance with the spirit of the period. It was a time when conservative attitudes predominated in every sphere, even in the arts, and more so where an official commission was concerned. It quickly becomes apparent that the subject-matter of the sculptures commissioned for the International Exhibition was very limited and executed according to strict conditions. Motherhood is a subject that appears frequently in Noucentista art; the concepts of the good mother, a good education and upbringing, the child under the maternal wing, and family love were all included in this theme, values which it was deemed necessary to convey to society. The governing political circles, and therefore those empowered to commission such works, followed a strictly conservative ideology, which they considered should also be embodied in works of art, which in turn should serve as a moral example to society. As in all periods, art at this time tended to become a form of political propaganda.



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