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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Robin Jaffee Frank; Yale University. Art Gallery.; Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, S.C.); Addison Gallery of American Art.
|ISBN:||9780894670862 0300087241 9780300087246 0894670867|
Exhibition dates: Yale University Art Gallery, October 3-December 30, 2000 ; Gibbes Museum of Art, February 10-April 8, 2001 ; Addison Gallery of American Art, April 27-July 31, 2001.
|Description:||xiii, 358 p. : ill., chiefly ports. (some col.) ; 18 cm.|
|Contents:||Public display of private devotion --
The first American miniaturists --
Miniatures and the young Republic --
"Not lost but gone before" --
The heyday of the American miniature --
The miniature in the public eye --
"Like a bird before a snake": the miniature and the photograph.
|Responsibility:||Robin Jaffee Frank.|
"Most often, portrait miniatures were painted in watercolor on thin disks of ivory. They were sometimes worn as jewelry, sometimes framed to be viewed privately. Many were painted by specialists, although renowned easel artists - including Benjamin West, John Singleton Copley, and Charles Willson Peale - also created them to commemorate births, engagements, marriages, deaths, and other joinings or separations. The book traces the development of this exquisite art form, revealing the close ties between the history of the miniature and the history of American private life."--BOOK JACKET.