Hi, my name is Carmelo.
hi.my name is Gaia.
We are here to talk to Betsy about Washington Crossing the Delaware……River.
你好 我是Betsy Kornhauser
hi,I’m Betsy Kornhauser
and I’m the Curator of American Painting here at The Met.
So when I first came here
with my mom and her class
I was walking through the hallway and I
saw the enormous painting in the whole doorway.
It was just like huge, and I was like so surprised.
When I was in school I had a book that had this painting.
Since it was like a smaller book,
I only got to see George Washington and then that guy
who’s wearing that brown, heavy coat.
I was very surprised, like,
I didn’t even know it was that big, ‘ cause I thought it
was just like a little picture.
This painting is very often used in books on American revolution
which you were studying in school.
When you try to reproduce it in a book
you can’t begin to see all the detail
the artist,Emmanuel Leutze, wanted people to see.
So I was wondering why did the painter paint the scene
during early morning instead of during the night?
Because they were crossing during the nighttime
and they were hoping to do a surprise attack.
The artist, Emmanuel Leutze,
he likes to kind of play around with fact a little bit
to make the painting as dramatic as he possibly could make it.
So he decided to paint when they’re almostacross the river,
which would have been early morning.
And he was really interested in including that detail in the sky of the morning star.
Washington is facing that and they’re moving forward,
about to win the day.
So you guys know how famous this painting has become,
you know, over time.
And it inspires artists to do responses.
An African-American artist, Jacob Lawrence,
did his own version of Washington Crossing the Delaware,
but he invokes African-Americanfigures in the boat.
I notice the way its painted, like an abstract way like you said.
yeah,I notice that there’s no ice on thewater.
While the Leutze painting shows a single moment in time,
Jacob Lawrence is showing generation
of struggle of African-Americans who were brought to this country as slaves
and we know there’s one in the actual original painting.
behind Washington you see another rower who is an african-american
He had been previously a slave.
His name was Prince Whipple,
and because of his heroic actions during the Revolutionary War,
he gained his freedom.
Other details represent the fact
that all different types of Americans were fighting
to gain independence.
Thank you, Betsy, for telling us about thepainting.