The Colbert Nation Report (January 19, 2012) interviewed a curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The painting of “Washington Crossing the Delaware”, dropped down onto the stage to show its exact size: 12 feet by 21 feet. The size is the exact size of my family room.
The painting was done by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, a German American immigrant .
The work was actually done in Germany, 75 years after the event and 25 years after Washington’s death. When completed, it was shipped back to the United States.
It was not the first version. A fire damaged the first. It was restored and sold. It had a sad ending. Bought for a ship, it later was lost when that ship was destroyed by the British in warfare.
The existing painting was damaged
by a museum guard and has been restored. The Colbert clip can be viewed on the shows’ website.
For further information:
The Australian Open is concluding its first week with no American men in the running. So many sports events are going on that tennis can be overlooked. Tennis Channel costs a few dollars a month. It carries more of the events and re-runs for those unwilling to wake in the middle of the night.
Movies to see:
top film winner, at theaters near you, as they say.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art to reopen American Wing after $100 million remodel (gadling.com)
- Red Tails (atltomgirl.com)