• American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Rome

    Rome plays host to the first Italian Rockwell Retrospective

    Fans of Norman Rockwell, take note! From next month, Rome becomes the host city of a fabulous exhibition – the first ever on Italian soil – devoted to the art of Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978), the celebrated American “people’s artist”, so-described for his keen artistic observations on American society and in particular, the ‘American dream’.

    Taking place at the Fondazione Roma Museo – Palazzo Sciarra, this fascinating retrospective offers a comprehensive chronological journey through Rockwell’s creative career, comprising over 100 paintings, documents and photographs, as well as the entire collection – 323 to be exact – of original cover pages from the magazine, Saturday Evening Post, dating from the early part of Rockwell’s artistic career.

    Spanning six decades, Rockwell’s artistic portfolio is renowned for its subtle yet accurate depictions of 20th-century American hopes, dreams and ideals, from the light-hearted observations of his early years as a draughtsman, to the more serious, topical issues affecting society the world over, Apartheid being one symbolic example.

    Opening on November 11th and running through until February 8th, 2015, the exhibition is open daily from 10am to 8pm (3pm – 8pm on Mondays; 10am – 9pm on Saturdays), see the special exhibition website linked here for full details. Tickets cost 12€ (9.50€ for under 26s and over 65s). Situated on the ancient Via del Corso, one of Rome’s main shopping thoroughfares linking the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Venezia, the Palazzo Sciarra is but a mere stone’s throw from the stylish Piazza Colonna, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

    The perfect excuse for a city break in Rome if ever there was one!


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.