Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Washington Crossing the Delaware: Part 1


Washington Crossing the Delaware is a very famous painting. Its use in popular culture probably even led to a contest to pick the best George Washington impersonator to re-enact the crossing every year. Watch this video to find out more about the contest. 


After watching the video, lets look at the paining. What do you see? Can you find any historical inconsistencies? You can find more information about the painting of Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Emanuel Leutze "Washington Crossing the Delaware "
The painting creates a lot of questions. Why was this painted? Is it historically accurate? Who is the artist Emanuel Leutze? Check out the article below to find out these answers.

Assignment 

In the comment section of this post answer the following questions:

  1. In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?
  2. Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? 
  3. Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. 
  4. Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not. 

Copy and paste the following frame for your comment:
  1. Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
  2. Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
  3. Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are
  4. Yes, art should be historically accurate because/No, art should not be historically accurate because 
EQ:
  • Should artists have a responsibility to make their art historically accurate?
Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • The students will examine pop culture homages to the painting. We will also discuss how the painting has been used for political reasons.
Evaluate:
  • In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?
  • Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? 
  • Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. 
  • Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not. 

29 comments:

Unknown said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are
Yes, art should be historically accurate because people should understand what it was like instead of having a debate about what it was and wasn't. logan

Unknown said...

liliana:

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because some wanted to be seen all over the world and recognized by something or someone.

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he wanted to glorify washington, along with the colonial- american cause and commemorate a military action of significance

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the boat, the soilders being in different uniforms in one boat,and the flag.

Yes, art should be historically accurate because you are painting an event that actually happened and it will be propaganda to mix up the facts.

Unknown said...


Corina:
In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?- Some people wanted different things then other people did because they wanted attention.

Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? -He wanted glorify Washington along with the colonial Americans cause and commemorate a military action of significance.

Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting.-One solider being black,people think there a female soldier,They are wearing different uniforms.

Should art be historically accurate?. -Yes because it lets people know what happen during the wars and back in the old days.

Unknown said...

1. Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because they get to portray an important figure in history. There's many reasons, including wanting attention and wanting to be seen all over the world.
2. Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he first got the idea during the revolutions, which inspired him to paint it.
3. Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the flag,standing on the rowboat, and possibly a women soldier?
4. Yes, art should be historically accurate because it needs to show what really happened so people don't mix things up, although it is fun to mix things up a bit sometimes.

Yulissa

Unknown said...

Ka
1.Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because They wanna win and experiance what George Washington felt.
2.Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because they wanted people to feel stress and uneasy so they can go to church.
3.Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the flag, the black man, and the way George Washington is standing on the boat.
4.Yes, art should be historically accurate because we want people to know what really happened and what it really looked like.

Unknown said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because the role shows history.
Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he wanted to use that image as inspiration for the European war.
Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are 1. the flag in the painting was not in use at the time of the crossing. 2. The crossing happened at night not at dawn. 3. George washington wouldn't have been standing on the boat because he would have fell off and drowned.
Yes, art should be historically accurate because if art is representing history then they should get all the details correct because it is still history. If we used art to show history then it should be accurate because if it wasn't accurate then people would get then wrong idea about history.
-Felicity

Unknown said...

1. Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because they want to portray an important figure in history, and they may want attention worldwide.
2. Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he was inspired to paint it during the revolutions
3. Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the flag, Washington's stance, and possibly a female soldier.
4. Yes, art should be historically accurate because it needs to show what really happened so people don't mix things up, although it's fun to mix things up sometimes.

Yulissa

Unknown said...

cristal
In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?
i think it was so important for them cause they've always wanted a chance to do it.
Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"?
glorify Washington and an american clause to commemorate a military action of significance .
Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting.
the flag the black guy and how Washington was standing up.
Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not.
yes so people can know how its actually like.

Unknown said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because they are a local celebrity

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he did it for the church so it would lea more peopel to the church

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are George Washington standing up, the boat was smaller, and the boat was crowded

Yes, art should be historically accurate because it would give us a better idea of what actually happened and if it isn't then we might get the wrong idea of what actually happened
-Gabe

Fredson said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
To the ten people who audition for being Washington is a honor

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
They want the people to see the painting and go to church

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are
The staff with Washington the black guy and the flag

Yes, art should be historically accurate because so we can know what was going on at the time

Unknown said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because to them it is a life style and not a hobby.

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he was going to show patriotism in around England.

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are #1 the flag is wrong #2 it wasn't sunny #3 the different people riding with Washington.

No, art should not be historically accurate because art is to show emotion and feeling. by john .p

Unknown said...

Alex
In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?This role is so important because only one person gets in for three years and its an honor.
Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? he was hoping to encourage Europe's liberal reformers through the examples of the revolutionary war.
Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. The flag the close and the black guy.
Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not.Yes because it is suppose to tell the truth and not lie about history.

Unknown said...

breeze
Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because he was the first president and won the revolution war. Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because inspiration of the Europe war.Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are that general can't be standing up,would have bring cannons,and would have wires one side of the river to other side.Yes, art should be historically accurate because so we can know more about just by see a painting.

Unknown said...

1. Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because they think its a great opportunity and an honor for them. Also possibly because they just like truly want to be a important figure.
2. Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he wanted inspiration for the European war.
3. Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are George Washington's pose on the boat.He was 44 at the time and not the elderly, greying man Leutze captures.Also the lighting was wrong because the surprise attack was attempted at night not at dawn.
4. Yes, art should be historically accurate because if its not we wont get to truly see how it looked like. Its understandable why they would not paint it accurately wanting it to look "good" or "better" and focus more on the feeling of looking at it then the accuracy.

-Angelica

Unknown said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because George was a very important person in the war.
Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because its a very important thing that happened in history.
Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the flag, the sunlight, and the many different uniforms.
No, art should not be historically accurate because if your trying to depict many things that happened at one time, you wouldn't always be able to do that and make the art historically accurate.
-Dannie H.

Unknown said...

In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants? Its important because they all wanted to led the crossing.
Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? to encourage the European's liberal reforms.
Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. Second continental congress, grand union flag, and continental army.
Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not. it shouldn't be accurate because they don't know what happen in the past. They could've just painted someone description .
- ehhser

Savannah said...

Savannah

1 Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because they will have a higher chance of being elected as George Washington.

2 Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because so that he will get famous.

3 Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are The flag is Betty ross's flag and that came later, There was a brown soldier which wouldn't happen, and lastly, all the soldier's uniform are different.

4 Yes, art should be historically accurate because I think so, so that when someone looks at it they see the truth and not a bunch of inaccuracies

pawlay said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because he was the leader.

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because Washington cross the river in the cold storm, with an army in the dark.

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the flag, the boat and the women dressing up like man.

Yes, art should be historically accurate because people in the future can know what going on and what really happened. If they make the painting inaccurate than people in the future believed another that probably didn't happened.

Unknown said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because Washington crossing the river is an important part of the community.

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he was hoping that it would encourage Europe's liberal reformers.
Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are The uniforms, the flag, and everyone was sitting down.

Yes, art should be historically accurate because it needs to tell the truth so we can learn. Isaiyah


Isaiyah

Unknown said...

1.In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants? So they can be president and row the boat and cause it is an important role that everyone plays.
2. Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? So he can get famous.
3. Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. The lighting was in the day but it was in the night and there were lots of uniforms and there was a lady in there.
4. Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not. Yes because it shows a lot of feeling and it shows how it was cause there was no internet.(Triston)

katherine chevaili said...

1. Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
so that way people can remember that he was the first to cross
2. Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
Washington was the first to cross blindfolded because he was afraid of the river freezing.

3. Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are
the black person,the flag,and the women

4. Yes art should be historically accurate because some people that don't know about what happened would probably want to know more information and get an image to see what it looked like.

Ashley Torres said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
so that people can know that he was the first to cross and to remember that he was the first.
Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because Washington was the first to cross blindfolded.

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the black person ,flag, and women

Yes, art should be historically accurate because/No, art should not be historically accurate because the panting was in the night not in the day and you can drawing what is not happened.
Ashley Torres

john Hartman said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
so they can take the role of George Washington.

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
so everyone can see George Washington cross the Delaware.

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are?
is the crossing the delaware,the bridge,and the park.

Yes, art should be historically accurate because/No, art should not be historically accurate because. yes, it should be historically cause people can see it.

jose said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because
its really important to the people from there and they would all love to be him

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
she was Hoping to encourage Europe's liberal reformers through the example of the American Revolution

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the Washington Crossing the Delaware and the The painting depicted on the New Jersey also

Yes, art should be historically accurate because it really says and you can see history when they paint them

Unknown said...

Ashly G.
Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because The painting is used in popular culture probably even led to a contest to pick the best George Washington impersonator to re-enact the crossing every year.

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because All the churches gathered and they said that he should make a painting where its all crowded and like stressful

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are It was night time when they were gonna fight, the flag wasn't there, and the uniforms.

No, art should not be historically accurate because they can get the history wrong and they can paint anything they want on it and there are many painting the were painted wrong which could mess up history.

nevaeh said...

In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants? I think think its so important is to contestants because they like to bring back the old days.
Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"? It commemorates General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River with the Continental Army on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War.

Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting. the laughing marks, differnt outfits, girls

Should art be historically accurate? Yes beuace is you dont have art how will u know what really happened

leo said...

1.In "Being George" why do you think portraying George Washington is so important to the contestants?
Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because only one person can play the role for George Washington.

2.Why did Leutze paint "Washington Crossing the Delaware"?
Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because
he was the first to cross blind folded

3.Identify three historical inaccuracies in the painting.
Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are there was a female solders in the war, they attacked during the day,there were African Americans helping.

4.Should art be historically accurate? Explain why or why not.
No, art should not be historically accurate because they can make a mistake

Unknown said...

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because it is really i,portant to the people and they will all like to be him

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because he did it for a Church so that it would be stressful instead of peaceful

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the deaware crossing

Yes, art should be historically accurate because/No, art should not be historically accurate because

Unknown said...

Kevin Arteaga

Portraying George Washington is important to the contestants because they want to be George Washington the leader

Leutze painted "Washington Crossing the Delaware" because Hoping to encourage Europe's liberal reformers through the example of the American Revolution, and using American tourists and art students as models and assistants,

Three historical inaccuracies in the painting are the flag the black guy and you cant stand in those boats

Yes, art should be historically accurate because/No, art should not be historically accurate because. yes it should be because they need to tell the truth