Washington Crossing the Delaware: A Visual Analysis Introduction When the 19th century German artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze decided to immortalize General George Washington’s historic crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolution, the result was a memorable painting that became as famous as Leonardo Da Vinci’s portrayals of the “Mona Lisa” and “Last Supper.” The powerful and inspiring visual effect of Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” has made this painting one of the most universally recognized works of portraiture in the entire history of art. Leutze’s Use of Symbolism It is ironic that when Leutze began to compose and paint this scene in 1850 in Dusseldorf, Germany, he relied more upon...The end:
.....rall image. Line emphasized the dramatic subject, shape provided focus, and hue and texture increased the emotional power of the scene. Leutze also incorporated contrast, harmony, balance, proportion, and emphasis as well, in order to provide clarity of expression, create visual balance and harmony, concentrate the viewer’s focus, and enhance the historical meaning and importance of the event. Sources “George Washington Crossing the Delaware.” (2009). Metropolitan Museum. Online. Available: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/gw/el_gw_sub5.htm. 4 May 2009. Jones, Jonathan. (March 8, 2003). “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” The Guardian. Walker, John. (1983). Portraits: 5,000 Years. New York: Abrams.