The Minuteman Statue Analysis

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The Battle of Lexington was one of the very first military engagements during the Revolutionary War. Despite the British’s victory, the battle still represents the beginning toward independence and has been deeply imprinted on the Americans’ hearts. Sir Henry Hudson Kitson was an English born American sculptor, who sculpted many great representations of American heroic figures throughout his career. One of the most well recognized pieces of his sculptural is a public statue--The Minuteman Statue, which was modeled after the colonial “military officer”—John Parker. This statue currently resides in Lexington, Massachusetts. The overall appearance of this particular statue is fairly transparent-- a freestanding man, who is holding a musket with one foot slightly advanced and gazing into the distance. The…show more content…
Nearly all of them are self-trained and are called upon in a minute’s notice, and John Parker was a captain during the Revolutionary war. It is not difficult to notice that he doesn’t possess any type of standard military equipment to protect himself, this apparently is a casual outfit for farming and other activities, the buttons of his clothes are loose and his curly shaggy hair implies that he didn’t even get the chance to organize himself before the final notice. In addition to this, he is merely carrying a musket as weapon along with what seems to be a water bottle for supply. Yet even with such limited supply and behindhand weapon, not even a single shred of fear can be found in his firm eyes. Some intentionally highlighted features are also strong proof to demonstrate his courage leadership. His back is straight, The sleeves are rolled up instead of put settled and he is tightly holding his musket as he places right index finger on the trigger, which is clear signal of a man who’s fully prepared for the potential
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