Art At Noon

The Visual Context of Benjamin Franklin

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Abby King
Benjamin Franklin, David Martin, 1767

In this Art at Noon with scholar Dr. Paul Sivitz, we dive into Benjamin Franklin’s iconic status that has been, since his own lifetime, bolstered by images and shapes our perceptions of this historical figure.

The numerous portraits, busts, and drawings from the eighteenth century are only a part of the vast collection of visual Frankliniana. Examine the man and his likenesses within a historical context for this fourth of July holiday week. 

This lecture is a preview for the Continuing Education class, Picturing Benjamin Franklin, more information on the class starting July 6.