Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

George Washington is getting a face lift. Perhaps the most iconic image of our first president, Emanuel Leutze's, Washington Crossing the Delaware, is getting cleaned and a new ornate frame. Leutze took many artistic licenses in depicting the historic event. Thats a euphemism for saying it was full of historical inaccuracies, like depicting the crossing in daylight when it happened in darkness, or having horses crossing in small row boats, but the monumental 12 feet high by 21 feet wide painting never failed to draw a crowd at the Metropolitan Museum in New York since it's gifting in 1897. The current frame didn't do the painting justice. Leutze had ordered the original with ornate specifications, including shields at each corner, topped with an eagle crest and a ribbon with the words "First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen." The painting is expected to be back on view in 2011.

  1. February 16, 2009 -

    Ooooh--what a beautiful Washington portrait, Larry! I love his swooping cape and elegant stance here. Fabulous!