September 21 Art Encounters
Picturing People
10:30–11:30 am

Art Encounters offers guided tours of Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions on the third Thursday of each month, beginning at 10:30 am. Designed to appeal to all art lovers, from the well-seasoned to the amateur, these monthly programs are a great way to learn about art with others.


Artists who make portraits create an image in the likeness of a person—capturing identifiable features, his or her personality, and deep emotional conditions. Objects within a portrait can provide myriad visual clues about the individual featured in the artwork. Join us for a look at several extraordinary portraits on view in Joslyn's permanent collection galleries.

What's Pictured:

Sir Joshua Reynolds (English, 1723–1792), Portrait of Miss Franks, 1766, oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 25 ¼ in., Gift of Mrs. Sarah H. Joslyn, 1934.428

The most influential figure in eighteenth-century British art, Reynolds was also the most fashionable society portraitist. Unlike his many paintings of sitters in historical or mythological guises, Miss Franks offers a relatively direct representation of the subject in a neutral setting without literary or artistic references. The painterly landscape background, the loose white clothing, and the sitter’s pensive expression reflect the developing Romantic ideals of the late eighteenth century. Miss Franks’ striking pallor is probably the result of Reynolds’ experimentation with pigments and varnishes. Unfortunately, some of his flesh-toned colors faded rapidly, leaving portraits ghost-like even within a few years.



Art Encounters is free for most programs. General public guests receive a discounted price on ticketed exhibition tours. Reservations are not required.  For program details please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or by email.