Synthesis Of George Washington

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George Washington Synthesis In 1789, when George Washington was elected president, he became an important figure who later impacts American history and future generations, because he symbolizes all the virtues this nation believes in and stands for. People visualize Washington as a hero for all his acts of bravery, leadership and dedication to the United States. He fought to build and expand the reputation of America. Washington’s mythology inspires America due to his morals, being highly respected and his passion for his beloved nation. Many artist believed George Washington had the look of power and control, so they would paint, sketch or sculpt images of him to create that “powerful” setting. For example, Emanuel Leutze in 1851,…show more content…
But in an article by Smithsonian Institution Press, they said that the public was not happy with the “attracted controversy and criticism” the sculpture brought. Many believed that George Washington being half-naked in a toga, with a sword and point upwards to the heavens, was an insult. Only because it leans more on the Greek mythology than American mythology, making people feel like Greek virtues are the only goldy way. A portrait of George Washington was drawn by an artist named William Bingham and his wife, where they were trying to capture the morals he stood for. Another source talking about the portrait, Gilbert Stewart states, “this painting was a gift to former British Prime Minister (...) a lasting peace between Britain and America.” This painting was suppose to symbolize peace between the two countries for the world to see. In the image, Washington stands with a sword in his hand, a gold chair sitting behind him, books scattered all over a table and his welcoming hand held out in front of him. All these represent his values; sword symbolizing the military, books symbolizing his knowledge and education, and his out stretched hand symbolizing a warm welcome. In the same article, another source by Jill Lepore states that Washington was a boy who “he copied out a set of sixteenth-century Italian ‘Rules of Civility’” (Lepore 8). He strived to become more educated boy so he could grow to be an intelligent man. By making
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