Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Washington Crossing the Delaware

From The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, 1983

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Washington Crossing the Delaware

Oil on canvas; 149 x 255 in. (378.5 x 647.7 cm)

Many nineteenth-century painters, sculptors, and novelists created sentimentalized reconstructions of American colonial history. Inaccurate in many historical details, this painting is a conspicuous example of such Romantic imagery. The style is highly representative of a school of Romantic painting that flourished in Dusseldorf, where Leutze was living when he painted this picture in 1851. Worthington Whittredge, one of the American artists present while Leutze was working in Germany, posed for the figures of both Washington and the steersman. Gift of John S. Kennedy, 1897, 97.34

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