Washington Crossing the Delaware is arguably the most famous painting about American history. In the tenth Amuze Art Lecture, we discuss this painting by Emanuel Leutze in two minutes. Painted in 1851, it shows a scene from the night of December 25-26, 1776 when George Washington surprises the opponent in the American Civil War by crossing the icy Delaware River. The German-American Leutze captures this scene in all its glory and romanticizes it a bit. He includes people from all walks of life in the main boat in the foreground to show which kind of people would be part of the United States of America when it was formed some years later. In the video, it will become clear who is who in this painting and in which areas Leutze bended the truth a bit.
Washington Crossing the Delaware is also part of the Highlights Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art available in the Amuze app (Android and iOS). If you are interested in more two-minute art lectures, you can check out our YouTube channel or click directly on the link to one of our earlier videos: