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American Portraiture is Topic of April 13 Talk at U.Va. Art Museum

April 6, 2010 — The evolution of portraiture in America will be the topic of a lunchtime gallery talk on April 13 at noon at the University of Virginia Art Museum.

Eliza Quanbeck, an intern in the curatorial department of the U.Va. Art Museum, will discuss a selection of works from the museum's new exhibition, "Highlights from the Collection: From Rodin to Warhol." She will concentrate on American portraiture in the 18th century, focusing on the works "Mrs. Halsey" and "Mr. Halsey" by Rembrandt Peale.

Quanbeck is a fourth-year student majoring in foreign affairs and art history in the College of Arts & Sciences. As a curatorial intern, she has helped with recent installations including "Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University," as well as researching diverse objects in the museum's collection. In the University community, she is active in the Washington Literary Society and Debating Union.

The museum's lunchtime talks by curators, faculty and interns offer informal considerations of objects or ideas related to current exhibitions. The talks are free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail

— By Jane Ford

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