Facing Washington: The Classical Tradition
Where: The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th St.
212-288-0700 Price: Free
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By Susan P. Schoelwer, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
During George Washington’s eight years as America’s first president, artists struggled to create an image that suitably represented a republican head of state—an ordinary citizen temporarily invested with power, who embodied a fragile national identity. This lecture explores the tradition of Washington portraiture as it evolved during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, from Houdon to Canova.Buy tickets/get more info now