Museum Unveils More Accurate Version of Famous George Washington Painting

The painting has been updated to be more historically accurate.

Saturday, Dec 24, 2011  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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The Met Unveils Updated George Washington Painting

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is unveiling a more accurate version of one of America's most famous scenes, George Washington crossing the Delaware River.

 
The new painting shows Washington on a flat-bottomed ferry instead of the rowboat seen in the famous 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze.
 
The New York Times says the new picture shows his troops in the dead of night during a snowstorm, while the original shows a bright sky. It also eliminates the stars-and-stripes flag, which hadn't been adopted yet.
 
Washington crossed the river on Christmas 1776 to mount a surprise attack on Hessian forces at the Battle of Trenton. 
 
Artist Mort Kunstler painted the new picture. It debuts Monday at the New-York Historical Society. 

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