Los Retratos

Una Vida:La Máscara de Lincoln

Luego de doscientos años de su nacimiento, Abraham Lincoln sigue siendo el mismo enigma que fue para sus contemporáneos. El haber surgido de la nada y ser una figura oscura, casi hasta el momento de su nominación a la presidencia, sólo suma a su misterio. La esencia de su naturaleza sigue siendo escurridiza, a pesar de nuestros mejores esfuerzos para poner al descubierto al "verdadero" Lincoln. Sin embargo, quizás sea ese misterio la clave de su carácter y personalidad.Lincoln, with a supreme confidence in himself and an almost providential sense of his personal mission, was incredibly adroit in his ability to adapt to circumstances and shape events.

This exhibition concentrates on presidential portraits to show the changing face that Abraham Lincoln presented to the world as he led the fight for the Union. Shaping himself to the uncertainties of the present, mindful of his role as the heir to the Founding Fathers, Lincoln led the nation where it never intended to go: from a political crisis over states' rights to the revolutionary act of abolishing slavery. What is uncanny is how Lincoln moved toward this conclusion in public, before an audience fascinated and yet bewildered by the workings of an extraordinary mind.