Heights’ Levine Included In Met Museum Show

A famous caricature by David Levine shows President Lyndon Johnson revealing a surgical scar in the shape of the map of Vietnam.

David Levine, the longtime Brooklyn Heights resident who died at the close of 2009, is represented in the upcoming exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which carries the title “Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine.”

Opening this coming Tuesday, September 13, and running until next March 4, the show has drawings and prints not only by Leonardo da Vinci and Levine, but also such other masters of satire and caricature as Francisco de Goya, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, William Hogarth, Honore Daumier, and the Broadway celebrant, Al Hirschfeld. The museum’s release says caricature “took shape in Europe when Leonard da Vinci’s drawings of grotesque heads were copied by followers and distributed as prints.”

 

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