Case Studies

Portrait of a Lady: The Life and Passions of Lady Barber, 2012-13

Lady Barber Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, 14 December 2012 – 24 February 2013 Exhibition website Case study by Jesse Campbell 13 December 2012 marked the 80th anniversary of Lady Barber signing the trust deed to found the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Portrait of a Lady is the first exhibition in […]

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Podcasts from the National Portrait Gallery, Washington

Access a fantastic range of gallery talks, interviews with artists and lectures from the Smithsonian NPG on their Face-to-Face Podcasts page here, including: Brandon Fortune, curator at NPG, discusses Mather Brown’s portrait of Thomas Jefferson. Liz Rideal, of London’s National Portrait Gallery, discusses John Singleton Copley’s self-portrait. Photographer Alec Soth discusses his work. Sid Hart, […]

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Georgian Faces: Portrait of a County, Dorset County Museum 2011

This major exhibition of portraits showed the people who lived in and influenced Dorset during the eighteenth-century. In addition to showing the important landowners who built major houses in the county, there were images of architects, artists, doctors, a deer catcher and a boatman. Most of the important portrait artists of the age, including Sir […]

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Briana Zavadil White at National Portrait Gallery Washington

Briana Zavadil White, school and teacher program coordinator at the National Portrait Gallery, demonstrates  the ‘Compare and Contrast’ strategy for exploring portraiture. This strategy allows students to discover the similarities and differences between two portraits of the same individual. When looking closely at these depictions of Pocahontas, students can determine which was created from life, […]

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