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Colonial Virginia Portraits: Old Pictures, New Perspectives
From: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Colonial portraits can be dynamic historical evidence of people, places, and ideas. Yet most scholarship tends to overlook their social importance or focus on late-18th-century northern examples. Colonial Virginia Portraits is an interactive database that records information for more than 500 portraits created for Virginians between 1649 and 1776. Doing so, it illuminates an understudied region of artistic production and enables new research questions and methods. This presentation will discuss why and how this digital project came together, what it can reveal about colonial Virginias art and history, and why these portraits matter.
Speaker: Janine Yorimoto Boldt, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum