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- DescriptionFirst exhibited at the Stuyvesant Hall in New York in 1851, Emanuel Leutze s Washington Crossing the Delaware captured the imagination of many Americans searching for national symbols in a time of sectionalism and disunity. Despite Leutze s aspirations, the exhibition became an opportunity for critics of history painting to stake their positions. As suggested by the book s title, Leutze s epic painting is a touchstone in the evolution of American history painting. It represents a triumphant climax of the American adoption of the Grand Manner, inherited from eighteenth-century English painting, and portends its seemingly inevitable demise. From the painting s gargantuan size, which fitted it only for a grand, public setting, to its focus on an already deified public hero, Leutze s painting presumed a cultural as well as a political consensus a consensus that proved illusory at best. Emanuel Leutze was arguably the most prominent American history painter of his time, and Jochen Wierich argues that Leutze s work became the locus of contemporary debates surrounding the nature of history painting and its future.
- Author BiographyJochen Wierich is Curator at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.
- Author(s)Curator of Art Jochen Wierich
- PublisherPenn State University Press
- Date of Publication18/01/2012
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPenn State University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white halftones
- Weight594 g
- Width163 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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