Edit ModuleShow Tags

See Great Works at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona


Published:

Emanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Oil on Canvas, 1851, Private Collection

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Marine Art Museum

A few years ago I wrote about why you should visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. If you didn’t follow my advice then, or even if you did, it’s time to visit—now. Why, you might ask? Well, it just so happens that the museum has acquired one of the world’s most famous patriotic paintings, “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”

The painting, which was completed by German-born artist Emanuel Leutze in 1851, depicts George Washington and his soldiers triumphantly crossing the icy Delaware River during the American Revolution. It was meant to inspire Germans to rebel against their rulers, and made Leutze one of the most famous artists of his day. This one that hangs in Winona (along with its original frame) is one of two surviving versions—there was a third at a German museum, but a British bombing destroyed it in 1942. Its larger companion hangs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where it is the most visited piece of art there. Winona’s smaller, but identical piece, which measures at 3-by-6 feet as compared to 12-by-21 feet, was the first of the two created, sort of a first trial before attempting a more behemoth version, as is often common practice for artists. 

The painting was purchased from a private collector who had it on loan to the White House for the past 35 years, and was unveiled at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum late last month. It’s in good company there, as the museum is home to other great works by artists such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, and O’Keefe. When the museum first opened in 2006, it did so with the intention of showcasing exhibits that explored the continuing and historic relationship between humans and water. And while it has stayed true to that, today the museum is also home to a large variety of works by some of the greatest European and American masters. Ten or more historical and contemporary exhibits are on display at any given time, with collections in the categories of Traditional Marine Art, Hudson River School and Luminism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Realism, Modernism, and Contemporary.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

The Ultimate 2017 To Do List: April

The top activities, shows, celebrations, and events throughout the month to help you enjoy the best of Minnesota

Spring Getaways

You don't have to go far to appreciate the wonders of Mother Nature in spring. From waterfalls to unique festivals, we highlight a few of our favorite destinations

Weekend Getaways

Spend more time on vacation, and less time in the car with these weekend getaways
Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recent Minnesota Journeys Posts

Rochester’s SocialICE 2017

Warm temperatures this weekend could melt the ice bars, but nothing can dampen the winter spirit (and delicious cocktails)

February To Do List

Moveable Feast: MnMo editor Rachel Hutton and MPR Classical’s John Birge preview February's top events

5 Reasons to Visit the St. Paul Winter Carnival

Experience the family-friendly fun of the St. Paul Winter Carnival January 26-February 6, 2017.

Ice Castle Wonderland Lights Up the Night in Stillwater

Ice structures shaped like frozen waterfalls, ice slides, tunnels and mazes bring a little magic to the chilly winter season.

Top Minnesota Events in January

Moveable Feast: MnMo editor Rachel Hutton and MPR Classical’s John Birge preview top events in the state this month
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags