Art exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — An art exhibit featuring multimedia works and artifacts inspired by Washington’s iconic seated Lincoln sculpture opened Saturday at the Norman Rockwell Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the monument.
The museum is located in Stockbridge, the same small town in Massachusetts that houses Chesterwood, the studio of Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French. The museum and studio collaborated on the Lincoln Memorial Illustrated exhibit.
At least eight works by famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell depicted the Civil War-era President. Some of these pieces, including the “Lincoln for the Defense” illustration depicting the former President in his early years as a lawyer, are included in the exhibit.
More than 50 multimedia works, including original paintings, illustrations, photographs and artifacts inspired by the sculpture, inaugurated in May 1922, are on display.
“Norman Rockwell greatly admired President Lincoln,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, President and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum. “He just looked at him as a preeminent American and admired his ability to bring the country together at such a challenging time, and he incorporated him into a number of his paintings.”
The exhibit also includes a print of Rockwell’s 1975 oil painting by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, which captures a portrait of a seated Lincoln. The exhibit is showing a print because the original is in a private collection, Moffatt said.
The exhibition runs until September 5th in Stockbridge before moving on to the Concord Museum from September 22nd until next February 26th. Plans to exhibit them elsewhere are still in the works, Moffatt said.
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