Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[Portrait of a Woman]

Artist:
Unknown (American)
Date:
1860s
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative with applied color
Dimensions:
67.3 x 60.3 cm (26 1/2 x 23 3/4 in. )
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley B. Burns and the Burns Family, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.532.2
Not on view
The hand-painted photographic portrait found an enthusiastic audience in the American public; framed portraits like this one were a fixture of the middle-class parlor from the late 1850s to the early years of this century. Although dismissed by some highbrow painters and photographers, this hybrid art form flourished because it achieved two widely desired but often contradictory goals of popular portraiture: likeness and flattery.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond the Edges: An Insider's Look at Early Photographs," October 9, 1998–February 14, 1999.

This is part of a pair of painted studio portraits, see [Portrait of a Man] (1996.532.1).
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