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The Artist in His Museum When looking at any portrait as Stein states on his essay it is obvious to see the numerous qualities which in fact represent the theme of that painting including historical and cultural meanings as well as biographical representations of the sitter in general This obvious encounter is especially true when discussing a self-portrait Through a self-portrait one can portray an exact internal feeling or sense of being into an external emphasis on canvas Ones complex self can be understood easier by an artists work A particular self-portrait would be that of Charles Willson Peace entitled The Artist In His Museum 1822 In Peales self-portrait he portrays himself and his works through emblematic portraiture This portraiture is a unique way of expressing ones self through organized objects These objects do not exactly show the individual meaning but totally represent the pictures meanings in a whole They are the meaning These objects actually represent the culture by their carefully placed positions in the portrait These are symbols that all have a relationship with the portrait Peaces use of emblem portraiture brings nature and art together and also examines the rise and progress of the museum as told by Stein Stein explains Peales use of emblematic portraiture through his use of numerous objects each with extremely significant values The first emblem would be a dead turkey lying on a taxidermists table waiting to be transformed into a life-like exhibit for the museum The turkey which was brought to the museum by his son was from a westward expedition to Missouri When alive this turkey roamed the forests and represented in the naturalists mind the clear vitality of the American wild but when dead shows the first step in recreating the bird giving it life inside the museum The turkey was also a naturalists response to Button and other European naturalists that believed North Americans contribution to natural history were small in
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