In step with American's revived interest in their own past, art scholars have been diligently searching through dusty attics, small museums and the back rooms of antique shops to discover almost-forgotten artists of the 18th and 19th centuries. To show how impressive the results so far have been, the Cincinnati Art Museum this week opened an exhibition focused on twelve rediscovered American painters whose work was all but forgotten until 20 years ago. Ranging from colonial New England, where portraits by Robert Feke (1705-1750) were long assumed to be early Copleys, down to...

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