This painting shows George Washington, then a general in the American Revolutionary War, crossing the Delaware River with his troops on the night of Dec. 25, 1776. The crossing immediately advanced Washington 's surprise attack on the Hessian forces in the Battle of Trenton. Although the painting portrays a historic part of the American Revolution, it was spuriously painted by Emanuel Leutze, an artist born in Germany. Moreover, where the original was actually painted. Viewing Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware painting evoked a great deal of emotion. Upon walking into the room filled with American landscape paintings, the enormous size demanded all my attention temporarily making me forget about the rest of the paintings. The longer I gazed at the artist’s magnificent triumph, the more I felt a part of this historic venture. The painting is oil-on-canvas, and it’s not the only painting Leutze made. The first version of this painting was damaged by a fire, and the second painting, which is a full-sized replica of the first, was begun shortly after the first version was damaged. According to “The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History”, “Leutze began his …show more content…
For instance, Washington is represented in a strikingly idealized pose. Additionally, one can see in the upper left hand corner the morning star which lends the painting a Christian significance since this star guided the three wise men to Jesus. The flag gives the overall awareness of a patriotic notion, however was not designed at the time. According to Picturing America, “The Continental Congress did not officially adopt the flag shown in the painting until June 14, 1777, but according to tradition, Betsy Ross is said to have completed one of this design in late May or early June of 1776 at the request of George Washington and two other members of the Congress”
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When choosing a portrait to analyze, some may have a very difficult time doing so due to the abundance created over the years. For my analysis, I chose the portrait called Washington, General Lafayette and Tilghman at Yorktown. This painting, done by Charles Willson Peale depicts the three generals after their victory at Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War. As a response to the victory, the Maryland House of Delegates asked Governor Thomas Sim Lee to commission Charles Willson Peale to paint the portrait- which he finished in 1781.
Joshua Johnson Joshua Johnson was an African-American painter who lived in the Baltimore area. Johnson, often viewed as the first African-American to make a living out of painting in the United States, is well-known for his professional paintings. He was a self-taught painter who worked during the 19th centuries. I thought that focusing on Joshua Johnson, is more interesting because often when the matter of artists in American art history comes up, the focus tends to be on White Americans than on the American artists of color. Joshua Johnson’s paintings were not popular until the year 1939, when they were discovered by art historians, who believed that thirteen portraits were painted by Joshua Johnson.
George Caleb Bingham was known as an artist and politician. He was also known as "the Missouri artist ," during his lifetime. Most of his significant pieces were painted between 1845 and 1860. Bingham did the most amazing drawings , landscapes , portraits and scenes of social political life on the frontier. Bingham was and still is , one of America 's greatest painters.
In document B it's a painting by: William Powell. George Washington is showing the Congressional Congress that his troops are ready for war. They have been training the whole winter to make sure they win the Revolutionary War. In document D by: Thomas Paine part of George Washington journal. This shows that if you win
This commemorative coin was based off of the Capitol building in Colonial Williamsburg. The Capitol was where Patrick Henry gave his speech Caesar Brutus. This speech was very inspirational and important to the colonists. This is why on the front side of the coin Patrick Henry’s face is shown along with his famous words “Give me liberty, or give me death!” These very inspirational words are a sign of liberty which is why on the back is the Grand Union Flag.
Washington and his men faced a cold, violent, and victorious battle when they rowed across the icy Delaware. The brave continentals were determined to attain a victory against their overpowering enemy. On December 25th, 1776, the valiant General Washington and his heroic crew conquered the Hessian army. The painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Emanuel Leutze, and the poem, “Washington Crossing the Delaware”, by David Shulman, highlight this essential and crucial moment of the American Revolution. Although the artists depict this event in two different ways, with two different perspectives, their works share more similarities because of their use of vivid imagery and their portrayal of General Washington.
This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Chris LaFata’s, Washington’s Providence makes one wonder if there is more to what happened in the past than we actually understand. This story is a very unique and different than anything I have ever read in my life. I believe this is the only book by Chris LaFata, which surprised me because he is such a great author. I love both history and science and this was a mixture of both.
This battle took place after a demoralizing defeat at Long island. George Washington was forced to retreat all the way across New Jersey back in Pennsylvania. Due to the cold and harsh winter and the defeats in the previous wars, the Continental Army was one the verge of abandoning the rebellion act. Therefore George Washington needed to find something to build up the spirit in his troops. As such he then decides to cross back over the Delaware River and attack the Hessians (German hired troops) at Trenton, New Jersey.
The detail was changed by Revere most likely to make the viewers of the engraving to feel bad for colonists and see the soldiers as blood
”The Rocky Mountains” is a historical painting. It was one of the most popular paintings painted in 1863 and it seemed to capture the unexplored west in the imagination of people in the in the east. In 1867 H.T. Tuckerman wrote about this painting in his book “Book of the Artists”, he described it as “Representing the sublime range which guards the remote West, its subject is eminently national; and the spirit in which it is executed is at once patient and comprehensive— patient in the careful reproduction of the tints and traits which make up and identify its local character, and comprehensive in the breadth, elevation, and grandeur of the composition.” In my opinion if a work of art that is unrealistic gets this much attention from the people and authors of books, it must be a considered as a historical piece of
The Into the Light exhibit, located in the Thomas Center, displays a wide array of Virginia Louise Leak’s artwork. Although Leak was diagnosed with a mental illness, she was still able to produce a lifetime of art. I believe her illness is what makes her art so extraordinary and relays a deeper message than what it appears to be on the surface. To me, if you truly desire to understand a work of art you first have to learn about the artist; therefore, before I even began observing the paintings and etchings I carefully read all of the plaques that gave detailed information about Leak’s life, history, and her works of art. Not all of Leak’s painting and etchings are on display for the public, but the artwork that is available to the public is truly astonishing.
In the book of His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis, the author introduces Washington, the Father of the United States, in a fresh portrait focused on the characters of Washington. This book is an impressive biography of Washington's remarkable dedication to the United States history. According to the author, George Washington is an omnipresent figure as he was growing up, described as the man in the moon who was aloof and silent. This book focuses on Washington's wartime service which became some of his major contributions to the United States, rather than merely telling the true story of Washington, its main thesis is focusing on analyzing his contributions and how his governorship had affected the American history. Washington's life is divided into three areas in this book.
It was an exciting challenge for Betsy to make a flag that would fly across America. Although the flag was designed by the Continental Congress, Betsy Ross is credited with changing its shape from square to rectangular, and also changing the arrangement and shape of the stars (from six points down to five
The artwork that I have chosen to visually analyze is Town of Harrisonburg, VA by Emma Lyon Bryan. It was created in 1867 and is an oil on canvas painting. This artwork is located in the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at James Madison University and is around 36” long and 24” high. This piece is a depiction of what Harrisonburg looked like in 1867. Bryan’s artwork is held in a wooden glass frame with a gold border and displays the buildings of the town, dirt roads, open land, mountains, and many other small details.
The Battle of Trenton. As soon as George Washington’s famous Delaware River crossing, he and the Continental Army marched into Trenton, New Jersey. This March included horses, guns, wagons, and soldiers. The group stretched for nearly a mile long.