Art Exhibit Celebrates Lincoln Memorial’s 100th Anniversary

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — An art exhibit featuring multimedia works and artifacts inspired by the iconic Lincoln sculpture seated in Washington opened Saturday at the Norman Rockwell Museum to commemorate the memorial’s 100th anniversary.

The museum is located in Stockbridge, the same small town in Massachusetts where Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French has his studio, Chesterwood. The museum and studio worked together on the Lincoln Memorial Illustrated exhibit.

At least eight works by famed American illustrator Norman Rockwell featured the Civil War-era president. A few of these exhibits, including the “Lincoln for Defense” illustration that shows the former president in his early years as a lawyer, are included in the exhibit.

More than 50 multimedia works, including original paintings, illustrations, photographs and artifacts inspired by the sculpture dedicated in May 1922, are on display.

“Norman Rockwell greatly admired President Lincoln,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, president and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum. “He viewed him as a towering American and admired his ability to bring the country together in such difficult times, and he incorporated this into a number of his paintings.”

The exhibit also includes a copy of Rockwell’s 1975 oil painting by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady taking a portrait of a seated Lincoln. The exhibit features an impression because the original is in a private collection, Moffatt said.

The exhibition runs in Stockbridge until September 5, before moving to the Concord Museum from September 22 to February 26 next. Plans to display it elsewhere are still underway, Moffatt said.

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