Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Triple Self-Portrait," 1959. Oil on canvas, 44 1/2" x 34 1/3". Cover illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," February 13, 1960.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Triple Self-Portrait,” 1959. Oil on canvas, 44 1/2″ x 34 1/3″. Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” February 13, 1960. 

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Stockbridge, MA, September 6, 2013— In partnership with Google+, Norman Rockwell Museum will examine Norman Rockwell’s artistic inspiration during a live Google Art Talk to be conducted on Thursday, September 12, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Norman Rockwell Museum curators Stephanie Plunkett and Joyce K. Schiller, PhD, will lead an online discussion that looks at the influences Norman Rockwell absorbed to become one of America’s most beloved artists. The illustrated talk will reach beyond the narratives of Rockwell’s art to explore the deeper foundations of his paintings. Interested online users are invited to join the event, hosted through Google Art Project. To learn more visit: https://plus.google.com/+GoogleArtProject

Last year Norman Rockwell Museum became one of the newest collaborators on Google Art Project, the company’s online art database. Through Google Art Project, art lovers are able to view high-resolution images of sculpture, street art, photographs, and paintings, including early work by Norman Rockwell. Google now counts 263 partners worldwide, ranging from regional museums to university galleries. Norman Rockwell Museum’s featured images on Google Art Project chronicle Rockwell’s formative years as a visual storyteller, as well as offer important works by other noted American illustrators who created influential art for the printed page―from illustration giants Howard Pyle, Charles Dana Gibson, and James Montgomery Flagg to Rockwell’s beloved teacher, Thomas Fogarty.

“Norman Rockwell Museum is pleased to be a global participant in the Google Art Project,” remarked Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. “This collaboration allows us to share the art of Rockwell and other American illustrators with millions of viewers and scholars who may not have the opportunity to visit our Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During his career, Norman Rockwell’s art was viewed around the world at the turn of a page, and it is fitting that the Google Art Project is making it possible, once again, for the artist’s imagery to be seen and enjoyed by worldwide audiences.”

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