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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)

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1 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

2 Essential Question Why is the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington such an iconic representation of the American presidency?

3 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

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10 What does this mean? Use the Painting Analysis Worksheet to write what you think your assigned symbol means.

11 Gesture and Figure

12 Face

13 Clothing

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15 Sword

16 Table (Leg)

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20 15 star, 15 stripe banner from 1795 (admission of Vermont and Kentucky). “Star Spangled Banner”

21 Books on the Table Federalist Journal of Congress

22 General Orders, American Revolution Constitution and Bylaws Books on the floor

23 Inkwell

24 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).

25 Rainbow

26 Dark Clouds

27 Portico

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29 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.


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