Wednesday, February 18, 2009

National Myths

Painting history was an effort and an illusion typical for the 19th century. The effort was to construct something like national myths to help a process which is now called "nation building".
But the great illusion was, that history could be paintable.

Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851
Painting from Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, American, 1816-1868

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