By Suzanne Smeaton
Emanuel Leutze's life-size Washington Crossing the Delaware commemorates the severe second within the American Revolution whilst George Washington led a shock assault opposed to troops assisting the British forces in Trenton. whilst Leutze created the portray in 1850, after he had back from the US to his local Germany, he hoped to rally aid for the progressive routine then sweeping Europe. He despatched the paintings to long island in 1851, and inside of 4 months 50,000 humans had paid to work out it. this present day the portray is an icon of yankee visible tradition and the most cherished gadgets within the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2007, Leutze's masterpiece turned the focal point of the main bold conservation and reframing venture within the museum's background. This book is a behind-the-scenes report on that undertaking, prefaced via an account of the heritage of the painting's acquisition and reveal on the museum.
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