See-non-ty-a, an Iowa Medicine Man  1845

by George Catlin

Medium: [br]Oil on canvas Dimensions: Overall: 71 x 58 cm (27 15/16 x 22 13/16 in.) The legacy of George Catlin is today highly debated, but in the 19th century his portraits, including this one, were heavily tied to the notion of the 'noble savage'. This man's hair, jewellery and make-up would have seemed incredibly exotic to non-native Americans and Europeans. ...
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington