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11 December 2010 @ 05:59 pm
Advent Art: Christmas Homecoming  
Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)
Christmas Homecoming, 1948
Oil on canvas
Christmas Homecoming
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass.

If you know anything about Norman Rockwell, you would probably guess that this painting was created for Saturday Evening Post. During his career, he produced 321 covers for that magazine, so you'd think the odds are pretty good that any given Rockwell work would have been painted for Saturday Evening Post. But he did covers for a lot of other magazines too, including Look, Boy's Life, Country Gentlemen, not to mention a lot of illustrations for books and calendars and the occasional portrait. All told, he created more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime, so in the scheme of things his Saturday Evening Post covers were just a drop in the bucket. All that said, this one was for the Saturday Evening Post, specifically the December 25, 1948 edition.

Previous Advent posts:

2003: A Cradle Song
2004: Madonna and Child
2005: With best wishes for a holiday season of hope and happiness
2006: Our Christmas Tree
2007: Benediction veil
2008: Fairytale of New York
2009: Festival of Lights
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