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The first American miniature portraits were painted in Charleston, and today the Gibbes is home to one of the most prestigious portrait miniature collections in the United States. Containing more than six hundred objects, the collection spans nearly two hundred years and represents the work of over a hundred artists. Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, these tiny portraits were treasured remembrances of loved ones in the age before photography. Presented in state-of-the-art display cases, and in viewable storage drawers featured miniatures include works by Mary Roberts, Jeremiah Theus, Henry Benbridge, Charles Wilson Peale, Pierre Henri, Edward Greene Malbone, George Engleheart, and Charles Fraser.
Explore the miniature collection here.
In February 2014, the Gibbes took a group of museum members on a trip to Cuba. I was lucky enough to travel with the group and it was an incredible…READ MORE
The selection of fourteen photographs by major twentieth-century photographers now on view in Gallery 3 in the exhibition Magic in the Mundane: Modernist Photography features works by modern masters like…READ MORE
Introducing The Daily at the Gibbes: Beginning in early-2018, The Daily will assume operations of the Gibbes Museum Café installing a new concept and serving favorites from the Upper King…READ MORE
For the first time ever, the Gibbes offered a summer teen camp for ages 13 and up. Two week-long portrait study sessions were offered in June and July. Long-time Gibbes…READ MORE