The Life of Children -thematic tour

Albert Edelfelt: Boys Playing on the Shore, 1884. Ateneum Art Museum, coll. Ahlström. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen

The theme of this tour is depictions of childhood in Finnish art. What has the life of children been like in different families and social classes, in different times? What do pictures from different historical periods tell us about the position of children in the family and in society? What do they tell us about children’s play and work?

Are there things in the pictures that students can recognise in the present? Which things have changed? The tour also focuses on the inner world of children, which is depicted in the paintings in many impressive ways.
Recommendation: All grades.

Pre-party and afterparty: assignments for before and after the museum visit

Bookings: Finnish National Gallery Service Sales by e-mail: or by telephone: +358 (0)294 500 500 (open Mon – Fri 10:00 – 14:00 – time zone UTC+2).

Show these pictures to your students before the visit to ensure that you will come across at least some works they are familiar with!

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Magnus Enckell exhibition at the Ateneum – 150 years since the versatile artist’s birth

  A major exhibition of works by the painter Magnus Enckell (1870–1925) will be shown on the third floor of the Ateneum Art Museum, from 23 October 2020 to 14 February 2021. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the work of one of…

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