Sandwiched In

new american coll
new american coll

Friday August 17, 2012: 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

SANDWICHED IN: Washington Crossing the Delaware. Art historian Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan presents an illustrated lecture discussing the event depicted in this iconic painting. Restored to its original glory after three years of conservation and cleaning, it was revealed to the public last January at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in a re-creation of the original frame in which it was first displayed more than 150 years ago – a magnificent gold frame topped by a giant American eagle. Analysis of Emanuel Leutze’s monumental 1851 painting provides the stepping-off point for discussion of the pivotal event that inspired it, the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey. The work’s oft-noted “errors” will be seen as deliberate choices by the artist to create a work of great emotional impact. 12:10 p.m.