Would the real George Washington please stand up! Is he the precocious child who chopped down a cherry tree? The frontiersman who mapped the Ohio territory and fought in the French and Indian War? The general who sailed across the Delaware to surprise the British in Trenton? The “squire” of Mount Vernon?
Find out when art expert and historian Mike Norris presents his Armchair Art lecture titled “Meet George Washington.” The event takes place at the Jefferson Township Public Library (1031 Weldon Road) on Sunday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m.
Using works of art often drawn from area museums (such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, and the New York Historical Society), Norris will explore how artists of Washington’s own time portrayed him for posterity … and how that posterity, through its own crop of artists, commemorated his deeds.
Norris earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of California at San Diego. He also has a master of arts in classics and a PhD in art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent 20 years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
For more information, visit www.jeffersonlibrary.net or call 973-208-6245.