A NEW VIEW: IDENTITY IN EARLY AMERICA
Identity in Early AmericaPortraits were the most marketable paintings in 18th- and early 19th-century America. Most of these works predate the invention of photography, so their owners relied on painted portraits to chronicle appearances. The gallery also includes a rare, early example of American genre painting, a painting of everyday life.
The American Highlights installation was curated by Janeen Turk, assistant curator of American art.