The writing on this page, dwarfed by the regal silhouette, begins with the words “Shh! The shadow mocks our hearts!” “Silhouettes, whether drawn or cut, are such permanent icons of handmade art today that it’s easy to forget about their lengthy history. Immensely popular in 18th- and 19th-century England, silhouettes were known as an easy-to-create means of capturing likenesses of friends and became associated with women’s domestic arts. Today, silhouettes still hold a prominent place in popular art and design, as evidenced by numerous features in magazines and blogs that provide instructions for how to make the elegant portraits,” says Jessica Pigza. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection


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