There’s a special gallery two doors away from my office in the Grohmann Museum that houses a collection of paintings by 19th-century German painter, Carl Spitzweg.
On the wall outside that gallery is a painting by American painter Norman Rockwell, The Bookworm, which pays tribute to the similarly-titled painting by Spitzweg.
You can read a really nice analysis of the two paintings online at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, housed in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Apparently Spitzweg was sort of the Norman Rockwell of 19th-century Germany. Here’s the link: http://www.rockwell-center.org/essays-illustration/the-bookworm-rockwells-tribute-to-carl-spitzweg/.
So, anyway, today I noticed a brand new addition on a shelf to the right of the Rockwell painting.
This little Danbury Mint figurine replica of the painting.
Too adorable! It reproduces every detail, right down to the basket at his feet with the note from the painting: “Don’t forget matches and cheese.”
An errand I fear our “Bookworm” will not complete, given his apparent propensity to be lured away from practical realities via the enchantment of a good book! 🙂