There is something so alluring and mysterious about silhouette art, so it’s easy to see why these pieces are so collectible. Silhouettes became popular in the 17th century. Portraits of anonymous everyday people were taken using ink, paint, cut out paper and were displayed in a number of ways.
The history of tracing silhouettes allegedly dates back to Ancient Greece. Pliny the Elder tells the story of a Corinthian girl named Dibutade, who traced her lover’s shadow before he left on a journey.