A NEW VIEW: IDENTITY IN EARLY AMERICA

Identity in Early America

Portraits were the most marketable paintings in 18th- and early 19th-century America. Most of these works predate the invention of photography, so their owners relied on painted portraits to chronicle appearances. The gallery also includes a rare, early example of American genre painting, a painting of everyday life.

The American Highlights installation was curated by Janeen Turk, assistant curator of American art.

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