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What could be more universal than the representation of maternity? Whether sacred or profane, it is an eternal theme in the history of art.
In the body of ancient painting, the sacred aspect dominates the genre exclusively, with countless representations of the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus, works that are often tinged with a nearly imperceptibly tragic atmosphere, foreshadowing the suffering of the Passion of Christ as though Mary is already experiencing the pain to be endured years later.
In the 18th century, with the advent of a bourgeois society, the private realm and the intimacy of family life became themes worthy of examination by artists, with images in which the parental functions are emphasized, exalting the role of the mother. 
This turning point marked the beginning of a magnificent visual exploration. The depth of this unique bond, forged by affection, tenderness and the complete, unconditional giving of oneself, seems to be strengthened by the continuity of the curves that immutably unite two beings, setting them apart in nearly glorious isolation from the rest of the world.
The beauty of the pregnant woman's body and the emotions of lovers confronted with the mystery of procreation also find full expression.
Janmot Louis (1814-1892)
Lyon, musée des Beaux-Arts
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