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October 2009 Newsletter : Newsletters~USA

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Landing of Columbus

Christopher Columbus is shown landing in the West Indies on October 12, 1492. He raises the royal banner,  and stands bareheaded, in honor of the sacredness of the event. The captains of the Niña and Pinta carry the banner of Ferdinand and Isabella. The crew displays a range of emotions, some searching for gold in the sand. Natives watch from behind a tree.
Painted by John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) who had studied with Gilbert Stuart and was the first American painter to be trained in Paris, where he worked on this canvas for ten years with the help of assistants.

(Retrieved from Architect of the Capitol, public domain)