Before the invention of cameras and other ways to mechanically capture an image, portrait paintings served as one of the only ways to capture the likeness of an individual. Having one's portrait painted, was often a sign of wealth, and many artists found themselves in demand once their reputations became established. These antique paintings were done in a variety of mediums and on varying canvases, board, etc. And, often, it was the materials available in a particular area or time that influenced the ability to produce fine art antiques. Today art historians, fine art curators, art antique dealers, and collectors of antique paintings study portraits to determine the age of antique paintings, and often use clues found in the backgrounds or clothing of the sitter to determine age, if no identification is available. Many antique paintings and portraits have a detailed provenance that allows the sitters, and often the artists, to be identified. We, at the Atlanta Antique Gallery are convinced that youÃ¢â�¬â�¢ll find our collection of antique oil paintings and other fine art antiques worthy of a browse!