CEDAR RAPIDS– The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) is pleased to announce the extension of the exhibition “An American Masterpiece: Charles Willson Peale’s George Washington,” through Feb. 5. The exhibition was originally scheduled to close on Dec. 31, but the portrait has been so popular among visitors that the CRMA has coordinated with the Brooklyn Museum to extend its stay.
Commissioned in 1776 by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, this was Peale’s second full-scale life portrait of Washington, and the first to portray him as commander in chief of the Continental Army. Various aspects of the portrait, from Hancock and patronage to Washington and the Revolutionary War, are investigated.
“We are thrilled that this important portrait of George Washington can stay in Cedar Rapids a little while longer, allowing everyone the chance to see it,” says Sean Ulmer, CRMA curator of collections and exhibitions. “It is rare that a single painting like this can tell so many stories about the sitter, the artist, the person who commissioned it and a critical moment in American history. These extra five weeks of display are a real treat and we are very thankful to the Brooklyn Museum for allowing us to keep this extraordinary painting on display for a while longer.”
This exhibition is supported in part by Diamond V Mills, Inc. and the Momentum Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. For more information about all the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art please visit their website at www.crma.org  or call 319-366-7503.