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Spotlight Talk » Facing Washington: From Gilbert Stuart to the Dollar Bill
Join Susan P. Schoelwer, Robert H. Smith Senior Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, for a lecture exploring the tradition of Washington portraiture as it emerged and evolved in the works of artists, including Gilbert Stuart, whose portrait of Washington resides in Crystal Bridges permanent collection. Throughout George Washington’s eight years as America’s first president, painters and sculptors struggled to craft an image suitable to the unprecedented role of a republican head of state. Discussing a variety of portraits created by Stuart and his contemporaries, discover how artists facing Washington devised three basic strategies for representing this non-royal, elected, temporary, civilian head of state: the historic military commander, the contemporary civilian statesman, and the timeless classical hero. Dr. Schoelwer’s appearance is made possible by Mike and Cathy Mayton and the Stella Boyle Smith Trust.
Sponsored by Deloitte.
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