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Human Determination in Portraits

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This collection is based on artworks that appear to show human determination through visual clues created by the various artists.  The collection shows a variety of portraits and quotes about the meaning of determination. The focus artwork is "Cat's Cradle", a painted portrait of Muhammed Ali by Henri Caselli, Jr.. Although we know he was historically a determined individual, what artistic elements does the artist use in this artwork to show this human determination? Why and how do all the portraits selected show this idea as well? This collection was created in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's 2017 Learning to Look Summer Teacher Institute. #NPGteach

Cecilia Beaux Self-Portrait

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Barack Obama

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Minerva Chapman Self-Portrait

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Condoleeza Rice

National Portrait Gallery

Leonard Crow Dog

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jesse Owens

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Vo Nguyen Giap

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Michael J. Fox

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Johnny Unitas

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Serena Williams

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Brad Pitt

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Cat's Cradle

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Muhammad Ali

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