June 18, 2012
Tom Daly, left, Norman Rockwell Museum curator of education, discusses an illustration Norman Rockwell painted for The Saturday Evening Post during a presentation Saturday morning at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Daly pointed out similarities between the illustration and Michelangelo’s painting of the prophet Isaiah in the Sistine Chapel to illustrate how Rockwell took inspiration from great artists of the past.
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A man puts his arm protectively around a woman’s waist as she fills out a form in an office. In this illustration Norman Rockwell painted for The Saturday Evening Post, the woman stands on her tiptoes to reach the desk where she writes. A sign behind them reads “marriage licenses,” explaining the reason for their visit. What the casual viewer may not know is the young man and woman who posed for the painting were actually engaged to be married, Tom Daly, Norman Rockwell Museum curator of education, told a group of about 25 people Saturday morning.