'In the Shadows'
In the Shadows explores the art of the silhouette through works in
Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. Silhouettes, which started
out as profiles cut from black fabric or paper, were often referred to
as “profile shades” or “shadows.” Incredibly popular in Europe and
the United States in the 19th century, profiles were cut by hand or
through a specialized instrument, the physiognotrace, by artists and
amateurs alike. Although photography would replace the medium as
the most practical, instantaneous, and inexpensive mode of capturing
likenesses, artists have continually returned to and transformed the
silhouette in creative and, at times, subversive ways.
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