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Prince Demah Barnes: Our Nation’s First African-American Portrait Painter

Date

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Time

07:00 PM–08:30 PM

Prince Demah Barnes: Our Nation’s First African-American Portrait Painter

In celebration of Black History Month, the Walters presents a talk by Amelia Peck, curator of American decorative arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who shares the story of her discovery of a painting by 18th-century American artist Prince Demah Barnes, the nation's earliest known portrait painter of color. Prince’s story is extraordinary—he is the only known enslaved artist working in colonial America whose paintings have survived. To date, three portraits have been identified. 

Amelia Peck is the Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was a speaker at the Walters’ Telling Global Stories Panel Discussion on September 20, 2015.

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