“Away they rode with clashing hoofs and ringing armor,” 1888, Howard Pyle (1853-1911). Ink on illustration board, 7 11/16” x 5 3/4”. Delaware Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1915

“Away they rode with clashing hoofs and ringing armor,” 1888, Howard Pyle (1853-1911). Ink on illustration board, 7 11/16” x 5 3/4”. Delaware Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1915

Stockbridge, MA, June 29, 2012—In celebration of its new exhibition, “Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered,” Norman Rockwell Museum will present “Buried Treasures: Perspectives on Pyle,” a summer lecture and performance series to be held on Thursday nights in July and August, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Learn more about this influential American illustrator, who inspired such artists as N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Norman Rockwell, as well as the look for such classic films as “The Adventures of Robin Hood” and the recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

On  Thursday, July 5, meet Nathaniel Hawthorne as portrayed by Rob Vellella, who will bring the reclusive writer to life. Hawthorne’s popular “Tanglewood Tales” (1853) were penned in a small Berkshire cottage and later illustrated by Howard Pyle.

Admission to the “Buried Treasures” lecture and performance series costs $16 or with Museum admission, $10 for Museum members.

Upcoming “Buried Treasure” Lectures/Performances
Thursdays, July and August, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

July 5: “Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales: A Performance by Rob Vellella”
July 12: “Howard Pyle as Picturemaker: An Evening with Illustrator James Gurney”
July 19: “Pyle, Piracy, and the Sliver Screen: An Evening with David M. Lubin”
July 26: “Pirates of the Caribbean: A Fun-Filled Movie Night”
August 2: “Chasing the Muse: Norman Rockwell and the Legacy of Howard Pyle”
August 9: “Bawdy Songs and Buried Treasure: A Cappella Evening with Quintessential”
August 16: “Will the Real Howard Pyle Please Stand Up”
August 23: “Howard Pyle and His Students”
August 30: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail: A Fun-Filled Movie Night”

Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered”
On View Through October 28, 2012

Howard Pyle (1853-1911) was one of America’s most popular illustrators and storytellers during a period of explosive growth in the publishing industry. A celebrity in his lifetime, Pyle’s widely circulated images of pirates, knights, and historical figures were featured in dozens of publications and were admired by such artists and authors as Vincent Van Gogh, Mark Twain, and Norman Rockwell. Organized by the Delaware Art Museum, Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered features 79 original paintings and drawings created by the artist between 1876 and 1910. The exhibition includes Pyle’s paintings alongside related works by contemporary American and European artists, as well as selected paintings by Norman Rockwell, to show the cross-currents in both fine and commercial art.

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