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A Space for Dialogue 66

A Space for Dialogue 66 Cover
January 2011

The Illusions of Eighteenth-Century European Portraiture

Courtney Chapel ’11, Homma Family Intern

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

2011, 2 pages

From ancient times to the present day, portraiture has been a medium in which individuals could create an illusion of themselves in a very selective and proscribed manner. This installation features four portraits, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, Elizabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, and Pompeo Batoni, which suggest that portraits are always a construction of some sort, though the attentive viewer can uncover their secrets.

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