Regardless of time or place, fashion has been an unmistakable facet of portraiture. What someone is wearing in their depiction can tell the viewer the period in which it was painted, the economic standing of the sitter, their relative age, and much much more. While the faces of the subjects are important for identification, their clothing gives further insight to their lives. In John Trumbull’s portrait of Reverend Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright (1820) we can assess what kind of man he is without ever knowing his title. He is clothed in traditional clergyman robes—an austere black and white. The overall lack of color in his wardrobe signifies a devotion to his religious practices while the singularly bright book indicates his passion for the scriptures.
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Posted in Art and Fashion, Collection Highlights, tagged Art and Fasion, Collection Highlights, Fashion, John George Brown, John Singer Sargent, John Trumbull, Permanent Collection, Portraiture, Robert Henri on February 22, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
With New York Fashion Week right around the corner (February 11-18th) and an upcoming exhibition of Ruthie Davis’ High-Fashion footwear at the NBMAA (Mar. 20 – June 20), one begins to wonder: where does fashion end and art begin? Haute Couture, once a world few dared to enter (its pure and unabashed exclusivity combined with utter impracticality often drives the “average” consumer away) has made its way into both popular culture and art , as a form of art in and of itself. (more…)