Curatorial Lecture Series | Amber Ludwig: Portrait Miniatures
Wednesday Oct 23 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Intimate Encounters and Public Pronouncements: Portrait Miniatures from the Permanent Collection
Throughout the history of art, small-scale portrait miniatures fulfilled a variety of functions, ranging from public statements of power—in the case of ancient coins depicting emperors in profile—to intimate declarations of love and loss—as with portable framed miniatures painted on ivory popular from the Renaissance to the 19th century. This lecture gives an overview of the history of the small-scale portrait and offers a closer look at some of the miniatures now on view in the museum’s Portraiture Gallery.
Amber Ludwig is the Curatorial Assistant for the Department of European and American Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from Boston University in 2011, and her academic research has focused on topics ranging from 18th-century portraits of women to the circulation of printed fans in early19 th-century Europe. Prior to coming to the Honolulu Museum of Art, Amber held fellowships at the British Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, among others.