Columbus before the Queen
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
Columbus before the Queen was the third of at least six treatments of the Christopher Columbus theme undertaken by Emanuel Leutze. Portrayed as a hero, the Italian explorer commands the center of the composition as he boldly addresses the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, seen at the left. With their backing, Columbus crossed the Atlantic four times between 1492 and 1503. His first voyage marked the beginning of Spanish colonization of the Americas, which brought a new language, a new monotheistic religion, and an obsession with racial purity to the region.
Oil on canvas
38 9/16 x 50 15/16 in. (97.9 x 129.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "E. Leutze-1843"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B
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Emanuel Leutze (American, born Germany, 1816-1868). Columbus before the Queen, 1843. Oil on canvas, 38 9/16 x 50 15/16 in. (97.9 x 129.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B, 77.220 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.220_SL1.jpg)
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