BY DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA STAFF
Reading – The Reading Public Museum is featuring a special celebration of “Mothers and Motherhood” with selected objects from the collection on view now through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10.
The selection of art works celebrating “Mothers and Motherhood” will be located throughout The Museum in the permanent galleries and will all be marked with a special symbol to indicate their inclusion in the focus event. This “exhibit” will give visitors the opportunity to explore and discover the museum’s vast and varied collections.
Regular admission fees apply, with members free, as always.
The celebration culminates with the annual Mother’s Day Concert featuring the Reading Philharmonic. The concert — part of the The 53rd Annual Museum Concert Series — will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. (rain or shine) under the Stone Terrace Tent in The Museum’s Arboretum. Audience members can bring their lawn chairs in the event that the limited seating under the tent is full. Seating is available beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Special highlighted works include:
• Family Portrait, attributed to Cornelis de Vos (Flemish, 1585-1651), oil on wood panel, Museum Purchase, 1945.136.1
• Madonna and Child, workshop of Joos van Cleve (Flemish, active by 1507-1540/41), c. 1515, oil on wood panel, Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand K. Thun, 1968.294.1
• Adoration of the Christ Child, Dominico de Zanobi (Italian, documented 1467-1481), tempera and tolled gold on panel, Gift, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bright, 1951.33.1
• Virgin and Child, workshop of Lorenzo Ghiberti (Italian, 1378-1455), polychromed cast plaster, tempera, and wood, Museum Purchase, 1931.13.2
• Madonna and Child with St. John, unknown artist, 16th century, wood, paint, linen, gesso, and plaster, Museum Purchase, 1960.21.1
• Madonna and Child, attributed to Jacopo Tatti Sansovino (Italian, 1486-1570), 16th century, marble, Museum Purchase, 1938.148.1
• The Baby’s Hour, Leon-Augustin Lhermitte (French, 1844-1825), 1893, oil on canvas, Gift, Mr. Thun and Mr. Janssen, 1924.902.1
• Portrait of Mrs. George May Keim (Julia C. Mayer), Jacob Eichholtz (American, 1776-1842), 1824, oil on canvas, Bequest, Susan Keim Montgomery, 1934.150.1
Mrs. Keim, the subject of this painting, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Mayer. The mother and father’s portraits, painted by the same artist, hang in The Museum’s Pennsylvania German Gallery. The father had his likeness painted around 1814, with his wife and daughter following in 1827.
• Heirloom, Timothy Barr (American, b. 1957), 2010, oil on board, Gift of the Artist, 2015.6.1
One of the quilts Barr depicts hanging on the wash line is an heirloom passed down to him from his mother.
• Red-Figure Bell Krater depicting the Wedding of Dionysus and Ariadne, Attributed to the Mykonos Painter, c. 470 BC, Museum Purchase, 1932.772.1
• Isis with Infant Horus, unknown Egyptian maker, bronze, Museum Purchase, 1948.1.1 Pelican in Her Piety Figural Group, unknown Pennsylvania German maker, c. 1862, glazed earthenware, 1946.154.1
• Geburts und Taufschein (Birth and Baptismal Certificate), made by Wilhelmus Antonius Faber (American, active c. 1790-1820), c. 1794, iron gall ink and watercolor on paper, Museum Purchase, 1939.165.1
This certificate was made to mark the birth and baptism of Johannes Klinger, born in Berks County, PA in July 1794. His father and mother’s names are clearly listed as Johannes and Maria Klinger.
• Portrait of Mrs. Christopher B. Mayer (Susan B. Mayer), Jacob Eichholtz (American, 1776-1842), 1827, oil on canvas, Bequest, Susan Keim Montgomery, 1934.148.1
The mother of Mrs. George May Keim, on display in the American gallery. Her father’s portrait hangs to the left of her mother’s in the Pennsylvania German Gallery.
• Hen with Baby Chicks, Ben Austrian (American, 1870-1921), oil on canvas, Gift, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Savage from the Estate of Dorothy L. Lesher, Lebanon, PA, 2009.3.1
The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID) and free to members and children three years old and under. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.readingpublicmuseum.org