Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule
by Norman Rockwell 1961

A little art history today for you.

Norman Rockwell's drawing was done in 1953, inspired by the United Nation's humanitarian mission, his idea was to portray the UN as the world's hope for the future, including 65 people representing the world's nations, "waiting for the delegates to straighten out the world, so that they might live in peace and without fear."

Rockwell was a compassionate and liberal man and the simple phrase 'Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You" reflected his philosophy.  He traveled all of his life and felt welcomed wherever he went and considered himself a citizen of the world.  Rockwell said, "I'd been reading up on comparative religion.  The thing is that all major religions have the Golden Rule in Common.  'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'.  Not always the same words but the same meaning."

In 2014, the UN rededicated a large mosaic of Rockwell's 1961 illustration, which hangs in their New York City headquarters.  The mosaic was originally presented to the UN in 1985 as a gift on behalf of the United States by then First Lady Nancy Reagan.


Bobbi Heath said...

Karin, thank you for this wonderful post, so very relevant given recent events!

smellyrhinostudio said...

Love! Thanks, Karin! I'll be sure to share this one!

Mary Brewster said...

Thank you for this vision and reminder of what is truly the most important thing in life. You lifted my heart.

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

I have always loved and admired this Rockwell painting.