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Venue: Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262


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This historic installation of Norman Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio, A Day in the Life brings visitors back to October 1960, when the artist was hard at work on one of his most famous "Saturday Evening Post" covers, "The Golden Rule." Recently digitized, an extensive archive of photographic negatives has made the exact recreation of a moment in time possible. Reproduced to its actual size, a large charcoal drawing of the United Nations that inspired Rockwell's cover painting will resume its original place for his reference, and a facsimile of the oil in progress will rest on his easel. Studies for "The Golden Rule" and other "Post" covers, his palette, paint tubes and props--from a French fireman's helmet to a leather purse and an American flag--will be on view. Imagery by Breugel, Canaletto, Pablo Picasso, and wife Mary Rockwell provided inspiration, as did an array of cultural artifacts that reflect the artist's interests and experiences. Of his work on the piece Rockwell said, "I beat my brains out for four months painting it. I was completely absorbed in the project. As you know, "The Golden Rule" is the only common denominator of all religions including even the Druids and the Egyptians' Book of the Dead." Indicative of the artist's personal philosophy, "The Golden Rule" was a precursor of the socially conscious subjects that he was yet to undertake.

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