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George Washington: A National Treasure

George Washington: A National Treasure is a national exhibit that focuses on the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796 (the last painting of Washington before his death). An historic tour from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, this painting will travel across the country to eight major cities for the first time. The portrait is currently at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, and will remain there until June 16, 2002. Over the next two years, the painting will travel to seven other cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and New York City. Currently, Internet users may explore this historical portrait at the above listed site using three different filters: symbolic, biographic, and artistic. Each filter highlights a distinct component of the portrait, provides background information, and offers an interpretation of each individual element. In addition, the site contains biographical information on Washington's life, an exhibition schedule, and a teaching section for kids.
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