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The history of America in art

Updated 1029 GMT (1829 HKT) March 7, 2012
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The collection of American art at the newly renovated American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a chronoloigcal exploration of the nation's major historical events as well as a celebration of its art. Pictured is a portrait of George Washington, by Charles Willson Peale. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Major historical events were immortalized in painting, such as in "Washington Crossing the Delaware" (pictured) by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln was recently acquired by the Museum and portrays the President deep in thought. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The natural environment was of great importance to painters from the Hudson River School. Pictured is the work "View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm," by Thomas Cole. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The great wilderness is celebrated in "Kauterskill Clove," pictured here, by Sanford Robinson Gifford. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Later works in the collection include John Singer Sargent's masterwork, "Madame Pierre Gautreau." Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art