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An introduction to the history, development, and stylistic conventions of portraiture from Roman times to the present day. Through close examination and group discussion students will discover: What intriguing stories can great portraits tell us? Who was the sitter? What was the purpose of commissioning a portrait? How did artists use details like fabrics, jewelry, furniture, and lighting to convey insight into their sitter's character and personality? How do portraits capture a moment in time and even influence art history going forward? What can art conservators tell us about the materials and techniques used? The last class session will be a field trip to view portrait paintings in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts to learn how understanding the broader art historical context changes our view.