Abraham Lincoln : A symbolic Icon of America

President Lincoln was not only a symbol for the Justice in the Civil War, but also became a symbol of what America stands for. 

In this painting of Lincoln he sits tensely in a chair while contemplating something. His body is hunched over, he has his hand to his chin and is tightly gripping the chair. Even when sitting you can tell he is constantly thinking, never resting. As well he is dressed very formally giving him the perception of someone of high standing, someone respectable. The basis of this image is the foundation for Lincoln as a symbol for America.
In this sculpture Abraham Lincoln stands forever vigilant. With his well-known appeal informing that he's out in public, to the handheld telescope in his hand, confidence and courage is displayed entirely from this piece of art. As well it shows that even a man as might as the President is not afraid to be in the battlefield leading the charge standing tall.
The day Lincoln was assassinated was not the end of his time in office, but the forever cementing event that keeps his image alive. This poster didn't mourn the death of the President, but celebrated in his accomplishments and the freedoms that he stood for. He's displayed with his hair kept neatly and his clothing of high standing. The poster is not lined with depressing news, but with flashy fonts and design that showed the pride in having had such a man lead their country.
For the funeral mark Lincoln remains were placed in a funeral car decorated with high end fabrics and materials in elegant fashions. It was a sign of his status with the people of America. It showed they respected him more than in life, but in death.
This sketch depicts the funeral car's crossing of the Hudson River on a tug boat. In the water around them are numerous other boats of people trying to be with the fallen President in his final mark, some even going as far as to paddle to be beside him. The boat that carries him flies two American flags waving gracefully in the wind, instead of at half mass, as is customary. Even in his death, America stood strong as if he was still alive.
This sketch, unlike the others, shows the grade nature of both the grandness of the celebration and the audience that came to pay their respects to Lincoln. It seems as if the entire city had come out to see his final march. As well the side of the street is lined with two whole rows of soldiers standing in salute with rifles. Six American flags are in this sketch, displaying the patriotism that this single man inspired in the country.
In this image we see the final house of Abraham Lincoln. he lays in a bed of the only pure white in the room. Immediately with him is his grieving loved ones crying for their loss. And then the room is filled with figures of apparent high standing, standing around the room paying respect, not a single one speaking a word.
The penny is the starting point in the American currency. And on this early penny it was made to memorialize Abraham Lincoln. It included his date of birth and death, as well his name. But, no matter which way you look at the penny, he will always be looking forward with his head held high.
This small sculpture designed to be used as a paperweight belong to Abraham Lincoln. Although, not a significantly known object of his, I feel as even alive Lincoln was a very patriotic citizen. The eagle is a symbol of the American spirit that carries grapes and the olive branch, whereas here we have a young bird sitting atop some grapes and branches, not yet old enough to fly with them in hand.
After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Americans became obsessed with knowing more about him and creating tales that would live on in folk lore. Many of these stories involved how Abraham was brought up in a log cabin and lived a very humble life. In this painting we see a rendition of just that. A young Abraham, who just as when he was older, is never just sitting. Always staying occupied.
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