Happy Mother's Day!
Since -- as they say -- a picture's worth a thousand words, we'd like to pay homage to every mom with a collection of artworks that put mothers on parade. Behold, the beautiful mommas of art history, from the woman who birthed Whistler to a Pieta to a massive sculpture of a spider dedicated to mamans everywhere.
Here's to the quiet but powerful moms out there
The ones who've literally washed our feet
Who never leave us without a shoulder to cry on
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Image courtesy of the artist and Lombard Freid Projects, NY
Who endlessly watch over us
To the mothers who lovingly worry about their children
© The Lucian Freud Archive Photo © The Lucian Freud Archive
Who protect us
Who've loved us since we were helpless babies
And helpless adults
Who carried and carry us
To the mommas who advise us
Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Who provide for us
Who love us no matter what
© The Estate of Alice Neel Courtesy David Zwirner, New York
To the mothers who are never short on hugs
To our first teachers
Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Caroline H. Polhemus.
Who are always with us, even when they're not
Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas
Because moms are the best
Flickr: Reggie Rachuba
And they deserve a day of celebration
Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund
For more on Mother's Day, check out the essay "A Love Letter to My Mother, an Artist."