Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens its New American Wing Galleries

"Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Leutze
"Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln)" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)
"Banks of the Loing" by William Picknell
"Young Mother Sewing" by Mary Cassatt
"Fleur de Lis" by Robert Reid
"Central Park, Winter" by William Glackens
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will publicly open its newly renovated New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts tomorrow, January 16. Member previews take place from January 13-15. The galleries have been expanded and reconceived, showcasing the history of American art from the 18th through the early 20th century. Prominently featured in the gallery is Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s restored “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” Painted in Germany in 1851, “Crossing” is in a new gilded frame created to match the original (which was lost in the 19th century,) according to curator Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser.
The 26 galleries cover 30,000 square feet (3,300 square feet more then before the renovation,) and are now displayed by chronological topics including Faces of the Young Republic, the Hudson River School, Civil War Era, The West and American Impressionism.
Works by Gilbert Stuart, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent are included.

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