Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.
That’s a pretty good Mother’s Day gift, the creation of a holiday in her honor. But we can’t all be Anna Jarvis, so allow me to make a suggestion: why not bring your mother to the UMFA? Not only is there beautiful art filling every gallery, but depictions of mothers are all around.
Here we see a painting of Mrs. Benjamin West (by Mr. Benjamin West) as she cradles their son, Raphael. (Her pre-married name, by the way, was Elizabeth Shewell).
This Buddha, the Ushnisavijaya Buddha, is known as “the mother of all Buddhas“:
Within our European Art Collection you will find many different depictions of this very famous mother:
Now, this next image is not of a mother, but rather, of a child:
Depending on the Hindu text you adhere to, or its translation, the child Ganesha was either born or found. Either way, of course, his mother is still a mother, and she is displayed beside him in the UMFA.
Do you know her name? Come in to the UMFA and meet the family!