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Provided by the National Gallery of Art, this site offers selected tours of images from the Index of American Design, a collection of approximately 17,000 "watercolor renderings of American decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the nineteenth century." This visual archive was the product of a Depression-era federal work project involving over 1,000 artists. These artists painted the objects "using an illusionistic painting technique that recalls the trompe l'oeil ('fool the eye') works of the Peale family, William Michael Harnett, and other still life painters in the American realist tradition." Image tours available at the site include: Costume, Dolls, Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest, Pennsylvania German Folk Art, Shaker Crafts, Textiles, Toys, and Woodcarving. The tours offer thumbnail images with links to descriptions, full screen images, bibliographic citations, and a listing of other works by the artist.
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