Google Doodle today marks Norman Rockwell’s birthday

Kim LaCapria - Author
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Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:49 p.m. ET

Unlike the more cryptic Google Doodles featuring codes or crop circles, today’s Google Doodle is recognizable by anyone who has ever been to the dentist in the 80s.

Google is honoring the iconic American illustrator Norman Rockwell with a doodle featuring one of his most recognizable sketches, titled “Little Spooners.” Rockwell is one of the most prolific artists in American history, with a body of work numbering as many as 4,000 pieces. He is perhaps best known for his covers for The Saturday Evening Post, with a total of 322 original covers published over 47 years during his career.

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While Rockwell was not well received by “serious” art critics in his lifetime, his work was culturally significant, and he was commissioned to do portraits of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. He was awarded the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977. Rockwell died in 1978 at the age of 84 of emphysema.

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