151 – Freedom of Worship

150 – Freedom of Worship

Norman Rockwell
c. 1943
Illustration for the Saturday Evening Post (February 27, 1943)
Oil on canvas

Cultural Connections

According to Rockwell, “Hands are next to heads in pictures containing figures. This is because they can express so much and because they can be such a great help in telling a story.”

For Freedom of Worship, Rockwell took inspiration from Durer’s Praying Hands, and used the figural drawing skills he learned from his teacher, George Bridgman.

<em>The Praying Hands</em> by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), print found in Rockwell's studio

The Praying Hands by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), print found in Rockwell’s studio

Drawing of a hand by George Bridgman (1865-1943)

Drawing of a hand by George Bridgman (1865-1943)

<em>Drawing of a Thumb</em> by George Bridgman (1865-1943)

Drawing of a Thumb by George Bridgman (1865-1943)