Stained Glass Window by Norman Rockwell
April 16, 1960 Issue of The Saturday Evening Post
Stained Glass Window, a Norman Rockwell painting , appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post published April 16, 1960. This is another timeless favorite of Rockwell collectors, a classic for all the ages.
This painting was Rockwell's 309th overall out of 322 total paintings that were published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell's career with the Post, spanning 47 years, began with his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 and continued through his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
This was also the second cover for The Post in 1960. In 1960, there were six Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published.
The original oil on canvas painting, 46 x 43 inches or 117 x 109 cm, is part of a private collection.
This painting also appears in four Rockwell commentary books. It appears:
Pristine original copies of this magazine cover bring good prices on eBay, when it is available. And to think it only cost fifteen cents originally! And it was mint condition then, too.
Stained Glass Window
Norman Rockwell first witnessed this scene during a trip to London. In Westminister Abbey, Rockwell saw a workman high on a scaffold working to repair one of the beautiful windows.
In 1960, when Rockwell decided to bring that memory to life, he experienced difficulty capturing the luminosity of the stained glass window. Several efforts failed to render the desired translucence.
It was time to contact an expert.
Rockwell asked for the advice and guidance of stained glass experts Rowan and Irene LeCompte.
The LeComptes brought Rockwell plans for a window that they had designed. That window is located at the National City Christian Church in Washington, DC.
The workman in this scene is portrayed by Rowan LeCompte. He is seen repairing a window similar to that window plan that he submitted for the painting.
I received the following correspondence from a member of Mr. LeCompte's family:
He was friends with Norman. They had both lost their wives around the same time.
Stained Glass Window was only one of 322 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers; Here is the list of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.
Here is the complete list of all Norman Rockwell magazine covers.
The scene in the window is the Resurrection, a fitting composition for the 1960 Easter edition of The Post. Easter was on Sunday April 17 in 1960..
The original scene showed the angels lifting Christ into the heavens, but Rockwell opted to substitute the Cross into the picture instead.
Rockwell was finally able to capture the translucent radiance of the window thanks to his attention to detail and his experts.
Norman Rockwell's Stained Glass Window (1960)
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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