Facing Washington: From Gilbert Stuart to the Dollar Bill

Wednesday, November 14 at Noon (Sturgis Hall)

Join Susan P. Schoelwer, Robert H. Smith Senior Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, for a lecture exploring the tradition of Washington portraiture as it emerged and evolved in the works of artists, including Gilbert Stuart, whose portrait of Washington resides in Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection. Throughout George Washington’s eight years as America’s first president, painters and sculptors struggled to craft an image suitable to the unprecedented role of a republican head of state. Discussing a variety of portraits created by Stuart and his contemporaries, discover how these artists facing Washington devised three basic strategies for representing this non-royal, elected, temporary, civilian head of state: the historic military commander, the contemporary civilian statesman, and the timeless classical hero.

All Clinton School Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or by calling (501) 683-5239.

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Date(s) - 11/14/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sturgis Hall