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Old 26 December 2011, 02:33 AM
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United States More accurate view of Washington crossing debuts

One of America's most famous images, a painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River, got much of the story wrong: The American commander wouldn't have stood triumphantly on a rowboat in daylight, but on a ferry bracing himself against a fierce snowstorm on Christmas night.

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Old 25 January 2012, 04:47 PM
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The purpose of the painting wasn't to be accurate and no one has ever said it was.

It was painted in order to promote German unification, and it was semi-allegorical. It's only nowadays that people seem to think everything has to be "accurate" to be meaningful.
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Old 25 January 2012, 04:50 PM
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Is there any reason not to produce a historically accurate version? I don't see why the allegorical original and the historically accurate new painting can't exist side-by-side.
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Old 25 January 2012, 05:09 PM
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Is there any reason not to produce a historically accurate version?
No, there's nothing wrong with it, but I think that stating the original "got much of the story wrong" shows a complete misunderstanding of art, as if paintings were supposed to be the equivalent of photographs.
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You mean those dogs weren't really playing poker?
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No; dogs much prefer Go Fish.
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Old 25 January 2012, 05:34 PM
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My brother J likes to point out that dogs would be terrible poker players. As soon as a dog got a good hand, its tail would start wagging.
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The purpose of the painting wasn't to be accurate and no one has ever said it was.
Neither was the famous picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence which shows all the signatories sighning it at once - which of course didn't happen that way since the war was going on.
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Old 25 January 2012, 06:27 PM
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The artist of the new painting has done a lot of Civil War renderings of famous events. So it is a painterly view of an historical event. Art? Maybe.




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The artist said he isn't knocking the original, just came up with a differenct version of the event.
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My brother J likes to point out that dogs would be terrible poker players. As soon as a dog got a good hand, its tail would start wagging.
Unless it was bluffing .
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Old 04 February 2012, 05:45 PM
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But that was my brother's point: dogs would be terrible at bluffing. Think of how they slink around when you come home after they've done something naughty.

Now cats. Cats could bluff.
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Cats would probably bluff even if the are dealt a straight flush - just because.
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"Cats are like Baptists. You knowthey raise hell, but you can never catch them at it." ~ Jim Stafford
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