“A portrait can be defined as any art work associated with a likeness and mimesis. Portraiture: Reflections of 19th Century Masculinity demonstrates the artifice of identity through the analysis of several 19th century portraits from the Mercantile Library Art Museum’s collection.  This exhibit also highlights the parallels between Euro-American and Native American masculinities.  The selected works in this digital exhibit represent identity(specifically masculinity) during the 19th century.  The combination of attire, facial expression, background, body language, and props work in harmony to produce a distinct, constructed identity of each painting’s sitter.  These constructed identities were usually associated with particular perceptions of masculinity, and this is what this exhibit is focused on.”

Museums Heritage and Public History Graduate Degree Exit Project by Ivory Clark