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The Eugénie Prendergast Exhibitions of American Art are made possible by a grant from Jan and Warren Adelson.

George Washington

Man, Myth, Monument Images from the Metropolitan

October 19, 2004–February 27, 2005

A complement to the exhibition Gilbert Stuart, this is a selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum depicting George Washington. It features works created during his lifetime, such as a painting by John Trumbull, which shows Washington as a general in the Revolutionary War (1780), and Giuseppe Ceracchi's marble bust (1795), which pays homage to Washington during his presidential term. In the nineteenth century, Washington's image was adapted to many patriotic and sentimental purposes, as in a hand-colored lithograph from about 1860 by H. Weishaupt (after Samuel Moore), showing Washington's transformation into a deity.