April 23, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - The famous painting that depicts George Washington crossing the Delaware River is getting a new frame -- one that looks like the original.
A photo was recently discovered that shows the painting with an elaborate border during a 1864 exhibition.
And that inspired the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to replace the plain frame that now holds the painting.
According to a museum curator, the current frame "minimized" the painting -- not an easy feat for a work of art that measures more than 21 feet by 12 feet.
The 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze (LOYT'-suh) depicts General Washington and his companions crossing an icy Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Washington made the crossing on Christmas Day in 1776, in a surprise attack during the Revolutionary War.