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How artists depicted George Washington and the idea of the presidency

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guest-oswelii

George Washington was not the first president of the United states. The Articles of Confederation required a president to serve one year in a three year term; they had to have a break of two years before being chosen again. The Articles of Confederation were in effect since 1778; for ten years there were ten different presidents.

The nation of immigrants that "we" have become is more shame than shine since too many of "us" have brought the tyranny "we"were fleeing from with "us"; hence the deification of Washington and others who have violated the no titles of nobility clause in the Constitution.

Kremilek2

It is a remarkable how the first American president has been depicted and modelled. I like all these pieces of art and would guess that they reflect the spirit of early America quite well.
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Though depicting him as an ancient is quite tricky since we know that ancient Rome was not democratic at its peak and later on.

ashbird

Speaking of "the dignity of the office" ( quote from final paragraph of article) one would think the direct person to dignify that office is the person in the seat.
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And, if a visage must be rendered in painting for posterity, the most ideal artist to do it for our sitting President would be the late Lucian Freud.

guest-theritz

"God" is over the top. Mythological hero, like Hercules, is conceivable in an allegory like the Apotheosis. Cincinnatus, an historical Roman hero (whether he existed or not) is just right; the officers of the Revolutionary War formed the Society of the Cincinnati.
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George III said that if he gave up power, Washington would be the greatest man of the 18th century, and as did Cincinnatus, he did just that.