Virtually explore the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, with Smarthistory as your guide
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Reginald Marsh, Wooden Horses
According to the artist (Reginald Marsh), at Coney Island, “The best show is the people themselves.”
The triangle trade and the colonial table, sugar, tea, and slavery
Global trade in a cup of tea: Colonial America, sugar and slavery.
Homage to JFK: Rauschenberg’s Retroactive I
A portrait of a president transformed by tragedy.
Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol
The gun that "won the West" also transformed American manufacturing and marketing.
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Washing/Tracks/Maintenance: Outside (July 23, 1973)
The artist asks us if maintaining can be as important as creating.
Albert Bierstadt, Hetch Hetchy Valley, California
Captured here in paint, this grand Californian landscape would soon disappear under water.
Connecticut Klan robe
Artifacts like this are key for reminding us of a history of racism that is all too easy to forget.
Puritan court cupboard
Thought the Puritans were dour? Think again!
Georgia O’Keeffe, The Lawrence Tree
Confused by this painting? Imagine lying on the grass under a tree and looking up.