When: Thu., March 28, 6-7 p.m. 2019
Thomas Jefferson devoted himself to creating a lasting American nation. As an architect, designer, collector and patron of the arts, he understood that the arts could help forge an American identity, especially through the recognition of its Founding Founders. The architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe credited him with the planting the arts in America. This talk explores how and why Jefferson was influential in commissioning two of Europe’s most important sculptors, Jean-Antoine Houdon and Antonio Canova, for portraits of George Washington for the capitols of Virginia and North Carolina.