Sunday, June 12, 2005

It's one of the most famous images in the world, instantly recognizable by even the least art-knowledgeable among us. Yet few people know that it was painted in the 1930's by Grant Wood, an artist who was traveling through rural Iowa when he saw a farmhouse built in an architectural style called Carpenter Gothic.

Google Print has a book describing the painting, and there's a nice summary in Slate as well.

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