Seeing Virginia History thru Colonial Portraits

Join Colonial Virginia Portraits creator Janine Yorimoto Boldt, the Omohundro Institute, and Virginia Museum of History & Culture curators William Rasmussen and Karen Sherry for a discussion of family portraiture in Virginia during the colonial era. Using pieces from the museum’s collections that originally hung in wealthy Virginia homes, the three historians will discuss what… Read More

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Jack Custis, Race, and the Unseen in Colonial Virginia Portraits

by Janine Yorimoto Boldt One painfully obvious fact as one scrolls through Colonial Virginia Portraits is that the faces are overwhelmingly white. Colonial Virginia Portraits includes more than 500 recorded portraits of which approximately 95 are documented but no longer extant. Only four of the total represent a non-white person. Three of these feature unnamed individuals who are… Read More

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Using Colonial Virginia Portraits

Exploring a Visual Archive with Students by Janine Yorimoto Boldt While we are all in quarantine mode, many of us adjusting to online teaching and turning to digital resources like never before, it is a good time to explore Colonial Virginia Portraits, especially if you haven’t already. If you’re looking for a digital resource to share with students,… Read More

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