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Thomas Moran (American, 1837 - 1926)

Ponce de León in Florida

Ponce de León in Florida

1877-1878
oil on canvas
64 3/4 x 115 7/8 in.

Acquired for the people of Florida by The Frederick H. Schultz Family and Bank of America. Additional funding provided by the Cummer Council, AP.1996.2.1

This painting of early Florida history depicts the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León (c. 1474–1521) in the company of native Floridians.  Moran painted this work to hang in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Moran was familiar with the western Plains Indians and depicted them in the painting instead of the distinctly different Timucuan people inhabiting Florida at the time. While Moran’s vision of history is romanticized, his depiction of the Florida landscape is more accurate in the rendering of the clearing surrounded by palms, palmettos, and live oaks covered in Spanish moss and indigenous vines.

Visitor's Comments:

"This work is adventurous and detailed. I like how it takes you through the forest and swamp, and gives the feeling of being there at the moment it captures so well. It seems like you can walk into it and explore." - anonymous

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American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
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Catalog Number: 
AP.1996.2.1
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Thomas
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Moran
Permanent Image: 
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1877-1878
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Late 18th and 19th Century American Art
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oil on canvas<br /> 64 3/4 x 115 7/8 in.

This painting of early Florida history depicts the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León (c. 1474–1521) in the company of native Floridians.  Moran painted this work to hang in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Moran was familiar with the western Plains Indians and depicted them in the painting instead of the distinctly different Timucuan people inhabiting Florida at the time. While Moran’s vision of history is romanticized, his depiction of the Florida landscape is more accurate in the rendering of the clearing surrounded by palms, palmettos, and live oaks covered in Spanish moss and indigenous vines.

Permanent Gift: 
Acquired for the people of Florida by The Frederick H. Schultz Family and Bank of America. Additional funding provided by the Cummer Council
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This painting of early Florida history depicts the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León (c. 1474–1521) in the company of native Floridians.  Moran painted this work to hang in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Moran was familiar with the western Plains Indians and depicted them in the painting instead of the distinctly different Timucuan people inhabiting Florida at the time. While Moran’s vision of history is romanticized, his depiction of the Florida landscape is more accurate in the rendering of the clearing surrounded by palms, palmettos, and live oaks covered in Spanish moss and indigenous vines.

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Permanent Gift: 
Acquired for the people of Florida by The Frederick H. Schultz Family and Bank of America. Additional funding provided by the Cummer Council
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Permanent Quote: 
"This work is adventurous and detailed. I like how it takes you through the forest and swamp, and gives the feeling of being there at the moment it captures so well. It seems like you can walk into it and explore." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1837 - 1926
Catalog Number: 
AP.1996.2.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Thomas
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Moran
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
No
Permanent Year: 
1877-1878
Permanent Period: 
Late 18th and 19th Century American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br /> 64 3/4 x 115 7/8 in.

This painting of early Florida history depicts the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León (c. 1474–1521) in the company of native Floridians.  Moran painted this work to hang in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Moran was familiar with the western Plains Indians and depicted them in the painting instead of the distinctly different Timucuan people inhabiting Florida at the time. While Moran’s vision of history is romanticized, his depiction of the Florida landscape is more accurate in the rendering of the clearing surrounded by palms, palmettos, and live oaks covered in Spanish moss and indigenous vines.

Permanent Gift: 
Acquired for the people of Florida by The Frederick H. Schultz Family and Bank of America. Additional funding provided by the Cummer Council
Permanent Quote: 
"This work is adventurous and detailed. I like how it takes you through the forest and swamp, and gives the feeling of being there at the moment it captures so well. It seems like you can walk into it and explore." <strong>- anonymous</strong>
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