Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fact of the Day: Washington Delaware

While Washington Crossing the Delaware is one of the most iconic paintings related to American history, it was not painted by anyone present at the river. An artist named Emanuel Leutze actually painted it in 1851. Because of this, there are a few historical inaccuracies, such as an American flag that did not yet exist.  

19 comments:

  1. I'm kind of proud that I actually knew this...and have gotten a huge kick out of it since I was a kid.

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  2. A great painting even with the inaccuracies:)

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  3. A little fiction is normal in any historical depiction, sadly

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  4. thankfully I've never needed to know this yet as I would hate to have to explain obvious things to more obvious people
    but now that I know it, I'll undoubtedly end up using it
    now off to research everything else about the painting

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  5. And there you have it...the truth comes out. I had no idea.

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  6. Also, ice on the Delaware is smooth, unlike the ice on the river in this painting. That's German North Sea ice. And Washington sat in the back of the boat.

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  7. I never realized that! That's a very cool fact.

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  8. Inaccuracies are OK with me. It just looks nicer with the flag in place of someone's old dirty batered bandana, which is probably what they really used. Ha

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  9. I never would have realized, fascinating fact. It's a very dramatic painting, one I have long admired.

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  10. This fact is very interesting.

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