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Attitudes towards children have changed greatly since Victorian times. Back then they were seen as small adults, whatever their background. As time went by they were viewed with greater empathy and given special protections until they were seen simply as children, with a right to play, learn and explore their surroundings.
This changing concept of childhood became popular with artists, who started painting scenes of childhood innocence and domestic happiness. Other artists didn't shy away from portraying the full range of emotions connected to parenting.
The Guildhall Art Gallery's Seen And Heard exhibition will show both sides of Victorian childhood.
> Craig’s review of Guildhall Art Gallery – “If you're anything like me then you find art galleries a bit boring, but the Guildhall Art Gallery is a bit special because it has something unexpected in the basement: the remains of London's Roman amphitheatre. But before you go inside, have a look at the big ring of black bricks on the forecourt -- that marks out the diameter of the amphitheatre underneath. It alwa… continued”
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of artist's postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Rembrandt — Thinking On Paper – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Master's death
Franz West at the Tate Modern – 20 Feb to 2 Jun 2019 – This retrospective will showcase some large-scale works and sculptures by Franz West - one of the leading figures in European art
Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy – 23 Feb to 23 Jun 2019 – The RA will be showing one of Phyllida Barlow's large-scale installations in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Gallery
Find more exhibitions during May
If you enjoy Guildhall Art Gallery then you might like to visit All Hallows by the Tower (walk it in 14 mins), Billingsgate Roman House and Baths (walk it in 12 mins), Guildhall (you can walk there in less than 1 min) and Museum of London (you can walk it in 6 mins)
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