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Washington's Search for Victory

DeAndre, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012

DeAndre looks closely at Washington Crossing the Delaware. Photograph by Emily Perreault.

«I remember hearing about Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware in school when I was younger. Years later, when I joined the Met's Teen Advisory Group at age eighteen, I was able to see it for the first time. If you learn about the American Revolution, you have to come to the Met to see the lifesize George Washington cross the icy waters of the Delaware.»

In 1775 George Washington became the commander in chief of the Continental forces in the American Revolution. He led his troops on a dangerous mission across the Delaware River and defeated the Hessian forces on Christmas Day in 1776. Standing in front of this painting, you can see Washington's hope for victory as he looks toward the shore.

Leutze's painting is full of stunning details. The details make me feel as if I am with Washington and his militia. If you look at the ice in the water, you can see the effort that the artist put into this lifelike masterpiece. Leutze paints the struggle of this crossing in the faces of the men and horses. I am sure they were wondering if they would make it across the Delaware in one piece. As a teenager in New York City, I feel like the men in the boat when I ride a crowded bus. I can imagine that they are just waiting to get off and move around.

I created a collage of my favorite details from this painting. Can you find the artist's signature in my work below?

DeAndre. Digital collage of details from Washington Crossing the Delaware, 2012

This is our final post focused on the American Wing. Next week we'll move onto an exhibition of photographs, video, and film titled Spies in the House of Art. Make sure to check back to hear from the exhibition's curator and learn about artists who found inspiration for their work in museums.


What is your favorite detail from Washington Crossing the Delaware?

We welcome your response to this question below.

Comments

  • Ellen says:

    The details of the ice are great! I'll have to make a point of checking out the painting the next time that I'm in the city. Thanks!

    Posted: June 15, 2012, 5:44 p.m.

  • MMA Teens says:

    Thanks, Ellen! The painting is even more impressive in person, so please do come visit!

    Posted: June 21, 2012, 9:48 a.m.

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DeAndre is a member of the Museum's Teen Advisory Group.

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This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.