Docent Lecture: Portraits with a Purpose, by Kay Payne

John Singer Sargent, portrait of Caroline de Bassano, Marquise d'Espeuilles
John Singer Sargent, Caroline de Bassano, Marquise d'Espeuilles, 1884. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, 1979.7.90
Florence Gould Theater

Some portraits flatter, others caricature, and still others were done as an act of revenge. Take an entertaining look at these artworks—glamorous and elegant, commanding and supercilious—and hear intriguing stories, fascinating facts, and amusing anecdotes about the art of portraiture.

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