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Affectionately Yours: American Miniature Portraits and the Stories They Tell

February 14 - August 25 2013

The Raymond and Linda White Collection of American miniature portraits at Cheekwood is brimming with stories. Of the 114 miniatures, many were painted as gifts from one person to another, paying tribute to family ties and close personal relationships. From examples dating back to the 18th century to the early 20th century pieces, these small tributes were given and received by wealthy families as well as families of lesser means, commemorating loved ones both living and dead. In this way, each piece functions as a part of a love story of some kind. This exhibition not only showcases the miniature artwork, but pieces together the stories that have stayed with these portraits as they were passed from generation to generation.

 

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