Norman Rockwell Museum, Meet Rockwell’s Models
August 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Throughout his long career, Norman Rockwell preferred using friends and neighbors as models to represent the everyday moments captured in his iconic illustrations. Find out what it was like to pose for America’s favorite illustrator from Rockwell’s own models, who will share their personal experiences.
As decades pass, it is primarily the child and teen models, now in their late 60s through 90s, who can share their recollections with us. The Museum has taken special care to capture the models’ stories in narrative, audio and video, over the years. These important first person accounts provide historical and personal perspectives for all to learn from and enjoy. Some of the videos appear in the Museum’s app, launched in 2017.
A perfectionist, Rockwell went to elaborate lengths to create photographs that portrayed his concepts exactly, fully realized in every respect. Scouting models and locations, researching costumes and props, he carefully orchestrated each element of his design to be photographed before putting paint to canvas. Staging his scenarios for the camera, the artist instructed his photographers when and what to shoot as he directed a cast of amateur actors. Rockwell produced a wealth of photographs for every new composition, which he then transferred, in whole or in part, to his final work.