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.