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Don Troiani's Paintings of the Revolutionary War

The Museum of the American Revolution

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Geschichte


Using a masterful combination of “artistry and accuracy” (New York Times), nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani has dedicated much of his career to transforming the modern understanding of what the Revolutionary War truly looked like. His research-based paintings capture the reality and drama of crucial moments such as the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, General Washington’s daring 1776 attack on Trenton, and the American and French victory at Yorktown in 1781.

Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, the book that serves as catalog for the exhibit of Troiani’s work at the Museum of the American Revolution, highlights the most pivotal events of America’s fight for independence and reveals Troiani’s research-based artistic process. For the first time in a museum, this special exhibition brings together over forty of Troiani’s original Revolutionary War paintings and pairs them with forty artifacts from his personal collection, that of the Museum, and several private collectors.

The exhibit and the book unveil Troiani’s latest canvas, a painting of the young African American sailor and Philadelphian James Forten witnessing Black and Native American troops in the ranks of the Continental Army as they march past Independence Hall on their way to Yorktown, Virginia.The painting was commissioned in 2019 by the Museum with funding provided by the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail of the National Park Service.

The exhibit will be open from October 16, 2021 to September 5, 2022.


</span></p> <p><span>— L Gage, educator at BookWorks</span></p>
<p><span>NetGalley Review 5 stars</span></p> <p><span>Last updated on 02 Sep 2021</span></p> <p><span>"What an excellent companion to what I'm sure will be an amazing exhibit! It will be a wonderful take-home for those fortunate enough to visit, and a great taste of the exhibit for those who won't be able to make it.</span></p> <p><span>The art is beautifully presented and so very detailed and vivid, but what's really neat is that there are pretty much 4 separate threads in this book and each one is as interesting as the last. Not only is it a display of Troiani's art, it's also a wonderfully-told Revolutionary War history, an exhibit of war artifacts, and a behind-the-scenes peek at the artist's process. The history lessons are imparted as compelling and personal stories rather than dry recitations of facts, so it's very easy to connect and learn from this book. </span><a></a><span>"
</span></p> <p><span>—Casey Wheeler, reviewer at Columbia Pacific Food Bank</span></p>
<p><span>NetGalley Review: 5 stars</span></p> <p><span>Last updated on 05 Sep 2021</span></p> <p><span>"This is a well done book with the excellent paintings of the Revolutionary War depicting different battles and individual uniforms worn by both sides. The author took great care if finding artifacts to accurately show them in his paintings along with visiting the various sites at the same time of the year as when they took place and making sketches using the same light as when the event happened. The descriptions of the battles are an overview of the actual conflict, but the author describes the detail and care taken with each painting.</span><a></a><span>"
—Sandra Berryman, reviewer at Berryman Fine Books</span></p>
<p><span>NetGalley Review: 4 stars</span></p> <p><span>Last updated on 02 Sep 2021</span></p> <p></p> <p><span>"</span><span>As a history buff I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was amazed at the beautiful paintings and riveting story told about the Revolutionary War. Both for historical context and from a view point of a lover of art, this book fulfils all aspects. I would definitely recommend this book. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review. Thank you NetGalley!</span><a></a><span>"
—Lynn White, reviewer at Nathan's Papers</span></p>
<p><span>NetGalley Review: 4 stars</span></p> <p><span>Last updated on 26 Sep 2021</span></p> <p></p> <p><span>"</span><span>One of the biggest tragedies of the coronavirus pandemic was the closure of the nation’s museums. Museums are a rich source of supplemental education for students in all types of schools including public, private, and homeschool. They also drive travel and tourism and provide entertainment for families and adults. Many museums that were in states with more restrictive coronavirus policies had to get creative in order to continue reaching the public. Finally after approximately 18 months things are getting back to normal for an industry that survives largely by the number of visitors that come through the door and government and philanthropic support.</span></p> <p></p> <p><span>The Museum of the American Revolution is now open daily and on October 16, 2021 will launch a new exhibit entitled Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War. It includes 40 of Troiani’s Revolutionary War paintings, his personal artifacts, and artifacts from the museum and other collectors. The paintings include major battles like the 1776 attack on Trenton and Battle of Yorktown and lesser known battles like the Battle of Kingsbridge. The exhibit also has a companion book of the same name that includes descriptions of the artifacts, scenes depicted in the paintings and Troiani’s research and painting process.</span></p> <p></p> <p><span>In addition to written narratives, art is one of the most important tools used by historians to bring history to life. According to his website, Troiani is a “traditional academic realist painter well known for his extremely accurate historical and military paintings mostly of the Civil War and American Revolution.” His paintings in Liberty range from solo pictures of Continental, British, and Native American soldiers to complex battle scenes that include remarkable detail. He uses a variety of methods to provide as realistic portrayals as possible like using models in traditional colonial military dress and visiting battlefields. The narratives that accompany each painting provide important context for readers.</span></p> <p></p> <p><span>Troiani’s work is visually stunning. One of the most captivating paintings, Victory or Death, Advance on Trenton, reflects the grueling trudge into Trenton after the Continental Army crossed the Delaware on Christmas Day in 1776. Troiani captures the harsh weather conditions, fatigue, and determination of the army all at once. You also get a sense of what an incredible logistical feat the crossing must have been with the mix of men, horses, and artillery that were necessary for the attack. The details in the solo paintings are equally brilliant as he clearly tries to provide an accurate depiction of the various uniforms and spirit of the subjects. </span></p> <p></p> <p><span>This review is based on an advance review copy. Liberty can be purchased October 1, 2021 on the Museum of the American Revolution website. It is available on Amazon and at Barnes &amp; Noble on October 14, 2021.</span><a></a><span>"
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