"The subject of children in art is represented throughout the history of western art. Our research for Children in Art: A Century of Change produced an endless repertory of children's images by artists in virtually every representational style and era. In responding to our requests for works for the exhibition, several museums noted that the pictures requested were among their most popular images with visitors and were central to their educational programs. Notwithstanding the impress in that children in art might only be a trivial or sentimental topic for academic art history, there is a sustained and growing interest in the subject. During the past twenty years, numerous works on children in art have appeared. These include studies of images in main stream art history, folk art, and photography, as well as advertising and illustration."