Traveling Exhibition

Faces! British and American Portraits

Curator: Frederick Ilchman, Chair and Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings, Art of Europe

Number of Objects: Approximately 100

More than any other art form, portraits reveal how we wish to be remembered. This exhibition explores identity, fashion, and social ambition on both sides of the Atlantic, from the 18th century to the glamorous era of the early 20th century to the present. Portraits by outstanding painters such as Thomas Gainsborough and John Singleton Copley, and photographers including Julia Margaret Cameron and Yousuf Karsh, present dramatic cultural changes over 250 years. The exhibition features famous faces of each age, from George Washington to Madonna.

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Exhibition Highlights