The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has a new search interface that allows searching across over 80,000 portrait records. Four slightly overlapping search methods are provided, but the interface itself stays largely the same - portrait sitters' names can be combined with artists' names, medium, dates, and other criteria, such as the sitter or artist's distinction; whether they were prominent in business or politics and government. The first search is the NPG Portrait Search, 12,000 records for paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs in the National Portrait Gallery's collection, showing individuals who made significant contributions to US history and culture, many accompanied by digital images. The second search is Catalog of American Portraits (CAP), that combines the NPG search with 70,000 additional records for American portraits in public and private collections. In addition, the Biographical Search is a simple text search for names, dates, or keywords across more than 50,000 portrait records (with links to digital images if available), and Browse Selections offers views of groups of portraits on various themes (currently, US presidents and Hispanic portraits).


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > Visual Arts
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:


    Arts,NSDL_SetSpec_internetscout,Social studies -- United States history,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20120928111427300T,Arts -- Visual arts,Social studies,Social Sciences,NSDL



    Access Privileges:

    Public - Available to anyone

    License Deed:

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike


    This resource has not yet been aligned.
    Curriki Rating
    'NR' - This resource has not been rated
    'NR' - This resource has not been rated

    This resource has not yet been reviewed.

    Not Rated Yet.

    Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467