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Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze was a German American history painter. Perhaps best known for his 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, Leutze is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. His work is highly influential, and his works have been reproduced in many museums and private collections. His paintings are a testament to the rich history of American culture. His work is particularly recognizable for depicting the life of George Washington, the father of the country.

Although Leutze never held a formal teaching position, he did get a teaching position at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, where he studied under Michelangelo and Titian. In 1842, he left Dusseldorf and traveled to Italy and Switzerland, where he became disillusioned with the Academy system. He returned to Dusseldorf in 1859, where he opened an independent studio. The couple raised their two children in the United States, and in 1873, they moved to New York City. After Leutze's death, his paintings are now displayed in public collections worldwide.

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