Artist Mort Künstler unveils a new painting of “Washington crossing the Delaware” today at the New-York Historical Society. The new version is more historically accurate than the iconic 1851 work by Emanuel Leutze that hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The new painting shows the American rebel raiders crossing the river at a narrower location on a stormy night in a flat-bottomed ferry barge with the correct flag. We do not know if there will be a postage stamp or T-shirts.
General Washington’s 1776 Christmas Night sneak attack on unsuspecting British troops in Trenton has been a popular subject for America’s visual artists. The New-York Historical Society has a remarkably ugly 1830 rendition of the event in its permanent collection.
“Crossing the Delaware, More Accurately,” Corey Kilgannon, New York Times blog
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Image (“Washington Crossing the Delaware Near the Toll Bridge, after Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com
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