Last Wednesday afternoon, after we finished up at the gift show, I hopped in a cab and made a beeline to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the east side of Central Park.
I love the Met. LOVE it. It’s huge. There is so much to see. SO many AMAZING things to see. You can’t take the whole thing in during one visit. There’s no way. I’ve been trying to make short visits there every time I go to the city, and pin-pointing just a few things that I want to look at.
This time I literally had one painting on my list. One big, huge, gigantic masterpiece. Washington Crossing the Deleware. Painted by a German-American artist, Emanuel Leutze, in 1851. It’s a depiction of General George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War.
Did I say that it’s huge? It’s really big. 21 feet wide, and 12 feet tall, in a FANCY gold frame with a big eagle, and banners, and arrows, and other regal looking things on top. It makes a statement, for sure. And those folks that run the museum know how to show it off. It’s the only piece of artwork hung on one wall that sits at the end of a series of gallery rooms. You can see it coming for a long time before you get to it. Sort of builds some suspense until you actually get there and can stand right in front of it.
It’s a great painting, of course. I mean, it’s hanging in the Met! It is beautiful and dramatic, and painted with GREAT skill. All things that I appreciate. But, what sets it apart from all of the other great paintings at the Met is it’s size. You can’t ignore it. It makes a statement.
In this case, I think bigger is better.
I’ve been itching to do some larger pieces of artwork lately, and I think seeing this painting has sealed the deal. Probably not 12 feet by 21 feet, and I’m sure it will never end up in the Met, but it may be time to break out the big brushes.
:: Carrie ::