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November 4, 2011

Contact: Karen Cardinal 

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"Small Matters": Mead Art Museum to Host   

Talk About Images of Infants in Art


AMHERST, Mass. - On Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m., the Mead Art Museum will offer a talk about images of infants in art. Bettina Jungen, the Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Curator of Russian Art, will share thoughts about her favorite baby-related artworks from the Mead's diverse collections.


Small adults, chubby-faced putti and cuddly babies - the ways of rendering infants are manifold, depending on culture, subject matter and epoch. The talk will feature objects from five centuries, including the recently acquired print Virgin with Child and Monkey, by Albrecht Dürer (1498); Alexandre Charpentier's relief Motherhood (1899); and Mary Ellen Mark's photograph Boy & Baby (1987).


"In this festive season, when so many of us are looking ahead to holiday gatherings with friends and family members of all ages, this fun and informative talk seems especially timely," remarked the museum's Director and Chief Curator Elizabeth E. Barker.


Families, art enthusiasts and babies, too, are welcome to join Jungen for the exploration of this intimate subject in prints, paintings, photography and sculpture. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by light refreshments.


The Mead Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College, totaling more than 16,000 works. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. During the academic term, the museum is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight and on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete schedule of the museum's exhibitions and programs, as well as driving directions and additional information, please visit the museum's website,, or call 413/542-2335.