Portrait of a Woman Wearing a MiniatureMade in United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1980-64-5Gift of the estate of Edgar W. and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1980
LabelThis portrait of a young woman may have commemorated an engagement or marriage. Miniatures were very personal images and wearing them as a locket or broach was typically an expression of romantic love, parental affection, or mourning. In this image the woman's shy smile and jaunty dog-itself a symbol of fidelity-suggest a celebration of romantic love.