Narcissus in the Studio: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits

William Sidney Mount, Painter’s Triumph, 1838, Oil on wood, Bequest of Henry C. Carey (The Carey Collection), 1879.8.18
William Sidney Mount, Painter’s Triumph, 1838
Among the most popular paintings in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' (PAFA) rich collection are self-portraits and images of studio life by Charles Willson Peale, Benjamin West, William Sidney Mount, Florine Stettheimer, and Margaret Foster Richardson. PAFA’s collection is filled with lively, historically important, and fascinating self-images and portraits of fellow artists by major figures in the history of American art from the early nineteenth-century to the present.


This exhibition was the first to survey the range and depth of PAFA’s holdings of artwork that explores artistic identity from the public to the personal. It featured a dynamic and wide-ranging group of works exploring the ever-changing, complex, and often funny nature of artistic identity.


Curator: Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Modern Art
Dates: October 23, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Location: Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building


Image Caption: William Sidney Mount, Painter’s Triumph, 1838, Oil on wood, Bequest of Henry C. Carey (The Carey Collection), 1879.8.18


Sponsors:

Leading support provided by the Richard C. Von Hess Foundation. Additional support from The Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art, LLC, Gabriele Lee, Linda Seyda and Bob Boris, Dr. Luther Brady, the Ryan Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Savitz, and Connie and Jules Kay.

PAFA's special exhibitions in 2010-11 are supported by generous contributions from Donald R. Caldwell, Jonathan L. Cohen, Max N. Berry, Esq., and James C. Biddle.