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UNGOLD_020413_01.JPG: This is a Normal Rockwell painting turned into a mosaic. You'll see a couple of shots of it including the Indian girl who looks way too much like Michael Jackson. According to the official UN site at http://www.un.org/Overview/Tours/UNHQ/ : "On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations in 1985, this mosaic was presented to the United Nations by Mrs. Nancy Reagan, the then First Lady, on behalf of the United States. It is based on a painting by the American artist Norman Rockwell called the Golden Rule. Rockwell wanted to illustrate how the Golden Rule was a common theme of all the major religions of the world, and depicted people of every race, creed and color with dignity and respect. The mosaic contains the inscription 'Do unto Others as You Would Have Them Do unto You'. It was executed by Venetian artists specializing in mosaic works."
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Description of Subject Matter: The Golden Rule
The mosaic, executed in 1985 by Coop Mosaic Artistico Veneziano and made of Murano glass tile, is a representation of Norman Rockwell's painting The Golden Rule, Norman Rockwell had previously made a 10 foot charcoal drawing of "The Golden Rule" for the United Nations. Done during the time of Henry Cabot Lodge the drawing was never finished. In an article entitled, "I Paint the Golden Rule," Rockwell stated, "Like everyone else I am concerned with the world situation and like everyone else, I'd like to contribute something to help. The only way I can contribute is through my pictures. So for a long time I had been trying to think of a subject that might be of some help. Then one day, (I don't know why or how), I suddenly got the idea that the "Golden Rule - Do unto others as You Would Have them Do Unto You: - was the subject I was looking for. Right away I got intensely excited. But how could I picture the Golden Rule? I began to make all sorts of sketches. Then I remembered that down in the cellar of my studio was the ten-foot long charcoal drawing of my United Nations picture, which I had never finished. I hauled it upstairs. In it I had tried to depict all the peoples of the world gathered together. This was just what I wanted to express about the Golden Rule." The charcoal drawing showed the Security Council in session with the peoples of the world behind them. For the people the deliberation of the council could mean peace or war. Rockwell confessed that it was he who failed to complete the painting, "I failed to carry the picture further, not because I had lost faith in the UN, but because I had lost confidence in my ability to express what I wanted to say in the picture." Once he reviewed his original drawing he knew this could be the basis for his painting.
The painting appeared on the April, 1961 cover of the Saturday Evening Post In the upper right-hand corner, the artist inserted a portrait of his late wife, Mary, holding t ...More...
Wikipedia Description: United Nations Art Collection
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* In 1985, as a representative of the United States, then first lady Nancy Reagan presented a mosaic to the United Nations to celebrate the organization's 40th anniversary. The Golden Rule mosaic was a creation of Venetian artists and was based on a painting by Norman Rockwell. Depicting people of all races, religion, creed and hue, the mosaic imparts the message to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
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2002 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good for the first half of this year because these are scans of prints.
Equipment this year: I took the plunge and bought my first digital camera. It was August 2002 and I bought an Epson PhotoPC 3100Z. While a nice camera, it had some quirks and bumping it would result in it being totally out of focus until you manually shut it down -- something which blurred almost every picture I took in New York City one day.
Trips this year: Two weeks out west, one week in New York, and one week down south.
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