|Detail of a Frederick Edwin Church painting titled “Our Banner in the Sky, 1861.|
HONORING GETTYSBURG. If you’re in New York this summer add to your must see list a major exhibition, “The Civil War and American Art,” which debuts today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 60 paintings and 18 photographs in the exhibit were taken between 1852 and 1877. The exhibit reflects how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. Included are outstanding landscapes by Frederic E. Church and Sanford R. Gifford, paintings of life on the battlefront and the home front by Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, and photographs by Timothy H. O'Sullivan and George N. Barnard. The exhibition at the Metropolitan coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863).