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Iterations of Washington Crossing the Delaware

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Ian Alteveer, Assistant Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Curator, The American Wing

The monumentality and iconic subject matter of the famed Emanuel Leutze painting make it the centerpiece of the new American Wing, where it now hangs after three years of extensive conservation and reframing. This series addresses the picture itself, as well as its timeless appeal.

This talk will illustrate the artistic and popular responses to the painting: appropriations of imagery from Larry Rivers in 1953 to Homer Simpson as Washington.

This series is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.

Above: Emanuel Leutze (American 1816–1868). Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of John Stewart Kennedy, 1897 (97.34)

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