Past Exhibition
John Brewster, Jr., Baby in a White and Blue Dress, ca. 1835. Watercolor on ivory. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Davida Tenenbaum Deutsch and Alvin Deutsch, LL.B. 1958, in honor of Kathleen Luhrs

Telling a Larger Story: Collecting Miniatures for a New Century

Tuesday, September 18, 2007Sunday, January 13, 2008
Like the miniatures on view in Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, this additional selection highlights the heyday of this art form in America. Painted in watercolor on ivory and sometimes framed to be worn as jewelry, these small portraits or tiny scenes of romance or mourning often served as a way to hold on to absent loved ones. They were commissioned by couples celebrating their marriage or the birth of their first child, by young wives grieving for husbands lost to war or disease, by parents filled with joy or suffering devastating loss. Each keepsake is a significant work of art in its own right; together they help us to tell the story of miniature painting in America, and the larger tale of the miniature’s unique role in social history.
Exhibition organized by Robin Jaffee Frank, the Alice and Allan Kaplan Senior Associate Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery.

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