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Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Shades in Black and White—American Portrait Silhouettes

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Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Jul 24 2020
Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Shades in Black and White—American Portrait Silhouettes

Continuing the free Art Study Center Seminar from Home series, this installment explores the history of this charming form of portraiture and clues about their making gleaned through close examination of examples in the Harvard Art Museums.

American portrait silhouettes were made from the late 1700s through the 1830s by a variety of people—from trained portrait artists and itinerant artist/peddlers to family members snipping away in the drawing room. The materials and techniques used to make these objects represent an equally compelling range reflecting the variety of makers.

In this session, paper conservator Penley Knipe will explore the history of this charming form of portraiture and clues about their making gleaned through

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