Washington Crossing the Delaware

Sometimes a work of art depicting an historical event gets most of the facts wrong but nonetheless captures completely the essense of the event.  In the case of Emanuel Leutze’s masterpiece, he depicts the turning point of the Revolution as being caused by the resolution of General Washington, and he is absolutely correct.  My middle school had a large black and white copy of the painting, and I never glanced at it without being moved with emotion.  It is a trite saying that a work “brings history alive”.  In the case of Mr. Leutze’s painting, the trite is also true.

Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 6:23 am  Comments Off on Washington Crossing the Delaware  
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