Monday, December 19, 2011

Dramatic Lincoln Painting on Exhibit

The City of Richmond is abuzz with news of the filming of the movie Lincoln in our midst.  The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.  Tommy Lee Jones will also play a crucial role.  The Lincoln cast and crew will be filming in the Richmond area through the end of the  year, and our own State Capitol building will be standing in for the Lincoln White House.  The movie will be released in late 2012.

With topics Lincoln in the air, it is appropriate that the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is exhibiting Lincoln's Drive Through Richmond, one of the first paintings to depict the president's drive through the city in April 1865, just one day after fires swept through Richmond.  Artist Dennis Malone Carter completed the work in 1866.  According to curator Randy Klemm, the large-scale, oil on canvas work is significant because most people are not aware that Lincoln visited the city after its fall.  "He didn't have to come to Richmond, but it was important to him that he be here, " Klemm said.  "The painting is dramatic," he added.  "Lincoln's carriage is at a crossroads.  I believe that's symbolic.  What's also interesting to me is how very small Lincoln is even though the canvas is massive.  Of course, we know as the artist knew that Lincoln had only a few short days to live after his visit to Richmond, so the figures in the foreground and background are the people who will continue the story of the country."

The painting is on display through mid-April at 500 Tredegar St.  For details and admission prices, visit www.tredegar.org or call 804-780-1865.   Tredegar is just a short drive from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument