Aura & An American Icon (George Washington Crossing the Delaware)

(last week at the new American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Seen it how many hundreds of thousands of times? But there’s a lot to be said for the aura of the original. The painting has been placed at the end of a long sequence of galleries. You first see it from a distance, and walk towards it, super-framed by the individual gallery entrances running down the hall, and then framed by a reproduction of the original golden frame. What most surprised me is the size of the picture. I had no idea it was so big.

 

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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1 Response to Aura & An American Icon (George Washington Crossing the Delaware)

  1. jakesprinter says:

    Great Museum 🙂

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