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From the Publisher"Adams’s book deserves appreciation for its innovative, insightful approach to a type of art whose value neither historians nor art historians have fully appreciated."
-Benjamin Kaplan, Journal of Modern History
"Her emphasis on multiple social identities that crossed regional, class, and religious boundaries evokes the important social role of the pictures she examines for a culturally diverse society and consequently the centrality of context for understanding how they were viewed."
-CATHERINE LEVESQUE,The College of William and Mary
“This long-awaited cultural study comes out to much anticipation, and it does not disappoint.”
“In summary we can say that Public Faces and Private Identities is a well-written and inspiring text, systematically constructed toward the author’s closing arguments. The book is a welcome addition to the existing literature on the still underrated portrait genre.”
–-Historians of Netherlandish Art