By examining American art and artifacts from the museum’s collection, this series promotes discussion of America’s national character and heritage.
These teacher materials allow students to evaluate works of art in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art in their historical context. Portraiture in particular is explored as a way of eva
This unit serves as an introduction to the behavior of light as it travels.
Benjamin West (American, 1738-1820)
oil on canvas, Framed: 152.00 x 127.00 x 9.50 cm (59 13/16 x 50 x 3 11/16 inches); Unframed: 126.50 x 101.00 cm (49 3/4 x 39 3/4 inches). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence S. Robbins 1952.17
King George III commissioned more than 80 paintings from West, including this portrait that celebrates his military leadership by presenting him in a suit of armor. Such an image likely was intended to bolster George III's reputation, which had been tarnished the previous year when he was forced to formally recognize American independence.