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More than Meets the Eye: Complicating the Histories of Colonial Portraits

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Trust Talk Virtual Program

October 22, 2020, 7:00 pm

Janine Yorimoto Boldt, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, American Philosophical Society, will be joined in conversation with Daniel K. Ackermann, PhD, Interim Chief Curator, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, to share and discuss the stories and significance of two colonial Virginia portraits for the Decorative Arts Trust’s October Trust Talk.

Janine’s lecture will analyze and interpret two portraits from colonial Virginia: Lucy Parke Byrd (1716) and George Washington (1772). Painted nearly 60 years apart, these portraits reveal information about their subjects’ complicated lives, the development of Virginia society, and the impact that diverse peoples had on early American art.

Janine’s research uses portraits as both works of art and visual biographies to provide insight into the life and times of their subjects. Her conversation with Daniel will build on this scholarly project to further contextualize the paintings within the world of colonial Southern decorative arts. We hope you can join us.

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Read more of Janine’s scholarship on Colonial Virginia portraiture on her website.

This program is supported by the Marie and John Zimmermann Fund.

You will receive an email that includes the event link after you register. If you have any questions about this or other programs, please email carrie@decorativeartstrust.org.

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