Fashionable Likeness: Pastel Portraits in 18th-Century Britain
South Pavilion, Upper Level
Exploring the world of pastel portraiture in eighteenth-century Britain, this focused installation features works from the Museum's collection and two exceptional private loans. Portraits were increasingly commissioned by the newly rich, who, eager to assert their elevated social status, displayed the latest fashions. The luminous pastel medium effectively captured sitters' elaborate hairstyles, sumptuous clothing, and fleeting expressions, yielding some of the most evocative and spirited art of the time.
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