This exhibition recounts the evolution of depictions of children in Swiss art between 1830 and 1930. From the 18th century onwards, children started to be recognised as human beings in their own right. They were suddenly allowed into the circle of social, moral and political concerns. Their needs, peculiarities, education, health and hygiene became topics of consideration for philosophers, biologists and doctors alike. The theme peaked in the 19th century, both in literature, and in the visual arts.