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Grand Themes: Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and American History Painting

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First exhibited at the Stuyvesant Hall in New York in 1851, Emanuel Leutze Washington Crossing the Delaware captured the imagination of many Americans searching for national symbols in a time of sectionalism and disunity. Despite Leutze aspirations, the exhibition became an opportunity for critics of history painting to stake their positions. As suggested by the book title, Leutze 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 gargantuan size, which fitted it only for a grand, public setting, to its focus on an already deified public hero, Leutze painting presumed a cultural as well as a political consensus

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Author Jochen Wierich
Binding Library
Condition New
Pages 240
ISBN-13 9780271050324
Publisher Penn State University Press

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