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Emanuel Leutze. George Washington Crossing the Delaware.
1851. Oil on Canvas, 378.5 x 647.7 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Gift of John S. Kennedy (1897).
     The painting is notable for its artistic composition. General Washington is emphasized by an unnaturally bright sky, while his face catches the upcoming sun. The colors consist of mostly dark tones, as is to be expected at dawn, but there are red highlights repeated throughout the painting. Foreshortening, perspective and the distant boats all lend depth to the painting and emphasize the boat carrying Washington.
     The people in the boat represent a cross-section of the American colonies, including a man in a Scottish bonnet and a man of African descent facing backward next to each other in the front, western riflemen at the bow and stern, two farmers in broad-brimmed hats near the back (one with bandaged head), and an androgynous rower in a red shirt, possibly meant to be a woman in man's clothing, there is also a man at the back of the boat that looks to be Native American.
     The man standing next to Washington and holding the flag is Lieutenant James Monroe, future President of the United States.
     The painting depicted on the New Jersey state quarter.

 
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