Presentation on theme: "George Washington (Lansdowne portrait) by Gilbert Stuart, oil on canvas, 1796 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (http://www.georgewashington.si.edu/portrait/non-flash.html)"— Presentation transcript:
George Washington (Lansdowne portrait) by Gilbert Stuart, oil on canvas, 1796 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (http://www.georgewashington.si.edu/portrait/non-flash.html) December 1, 2008http://www.georgewashington.si.edu/portrait/non-flash.html
Essential Question Why is the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington such an iconic representation of the American presidency?
First Approach to Analysis Divide painting in quadrants. Examine each quadrant. Only “discover” at this point. WHAT DO YOU SEE? SAVE WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR LATER
What does this mean? Use the Painting Analysis Worksheet to write what you think your assigned symbol means.
Gesture and Figure
15 star, 15 stripe banner from 1795 (admission of Vermont and Kentucky). “Star Spangled Banner”
Books on the Table Federalist Journal of Congress
General Orders, American Revolution Constitution and Bylaws Books on the floor
Dogs standing guard at the corners of the inkwell would remind classically educated viewers of Plutarch's observation: They symbolize “the conservative watchful, philosophical principle of life.” The inkwell displays the Washington family coat of arms, the crest of which George Washington changed from a raven to a griffin (a mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of a hawk).
Essential Question Why is the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington such an iconic representation of the American presidency? Write a one sentence answer to this question on the post-it note on your table and post your answer around the picture on the board.