A Noted Historian Bids Farewell to the Past

Bryan Thomas for The Chronicle

Nell Irvin Painter, who taught history at Princeton, is now an artist, with an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. "As an historian, I would take your hand, and I tried to make things clear so readers could go from A to C. Clarity was my great strength," she says. "As an artist, it's not my job to explain."
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In 2005 the prize-winning historian Nell Irvin Painter put down her pen and picked up a paintbrush.

After 17 years at Princeton University, the publication of seven groundbreaking books, and terms at the helms of two prestigious historical...

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