Major Victory in a Minor Industry: The Genesis of the American Superhero

April 24, 2021

By Rachael Kane, '22 The Golden Age of comic books in the United States spanned from 1938 to 1956, reframing the visual history of American pop culture. During this period, the comic industry expanded rapidly, capitalizing on both technological innovations in printing and the sociopolitical landscape surrounding World War II. Golden Age comics used established frameworks from the pulp novel and newspaper industries to develop new material and ...

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Tales Woven into a Botanical Dress: An Analysis of Winterthur’s Portrait by John Greenwood

March 09, 2021

By Emily Bach, '22 Vibrant botanical specimens meander whimsically across a dress painted by the early-American portrait artist John Greenwood (1727-1792). The sitter eyes the viewer with flushed, rosy cheeks. Behind her, a surreal landscape of clouds, trees, and shrubbery twist and merge in an almost whirlpool-like manner that obscures the background. What remains in focus, instead, is the sitter herself and her exquisite textile. Unfortunately, the ...

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An Intimate Meeting by Candlelight: Remote Learning at Winterthur

March 07, 2021

By Alexandra Izzard, '22 Since March of 2020, our lives have changed dramatically: no more dropping into collections, spending long hours crowded around a library table, or traveling around museums in groups. How do students of material culture connect with objects in a world of Zoom lectures, virtual conferences, and remote research? So many of the fundamentals of object-based learning are made dangerous by COVID-19, but the professors, curators, and ...

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New England Colleges in Paint and Print: Celebrating the Works of Esteria Butler

January 05, 2021

By Catherine Cyr, '22 Tucked away in a storage box at the Winterthur Museum lies a lithograph depicting a picturesque view of one of New England’s celebrated small colleges. Produced by the Thomas Moore Lithography Studio in Boston, Massachusetts between 1836 and 1837, the print features a view of a college campus consisting of multiple buildings, including three large structures known collectively as “The Bricks.”[1. Bryant F. Tolles, “‘The ...

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