Self-Guide/High School: Art History

We are surrounded by portraits every day—from those on the dollar bills and coins in our
wallets to the selfies found in social media and the photographs of our loved ones. Historically,
portraiture was an important symbol of power and wealth. Now, readily reproducible and
ever-more accessible through photography and modern printing techniques, portraiture has
become democratic.

This guide will help you and your students think about how we perceive and commemorate
people from our history and will ask you to consider how portraiture has changed and remained
the same over the past two centuries using highlights from the National Portrait Gallery’s

NPG Art History High School Self Guide.pdf  >>