Presidents in a Frame: Portraits of American Leadership with Jayne Yantz

Presidents in a Frame: Portraits of American Leadership with Jayne Yantz


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Beginning with an introduction to the origin story of political rulers' portraits, this conversation examines official images of American presidents. Together we will be highlighting famous historical figures and notable artworks depicting past presidents from Washington to Trump. We will examine artistic styles developed in America and analyze ways in which American presidential portraits are unique–what they reveal about being an American in power. 

Within the framework of official portraits displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, we will unveil the unique style of the portraits, the intention of the artists, and the historic importance of the final pictures. From Washington to Trump, we will appraise American leaders from an artists' eye, touch on a few public controversies about picturing presidents, and reveal the characteristic similarities between these 45 men. 

From this conversation, participants will understand historic traditions which underpin political portraiture, see how American leaders have molded those regulations, and, hopefully, feel inspired to take a visit to Washington DC to experience these works of art firsthand. 

Jayne Yantz completed graduate work in art history and anthropology before beginning a career in college teaching. She specializes in non-Western art and European Old Masters, has traveled extensively to see the works of art she teaches, and believes it is important to continue learning throughout life. Jayne has received continued recognition for teaching excellence, including the Teacher of the Year award from her college. She currently lives in the New Jersey Pinelands on a nature preserve.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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