Lift Up Thine Eyes
NORMAN ROCKWELL (1894–1978)
I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed.
Rockwell depicts New Yorkers with hunched shoulders and downcast eyes passing St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street. A male figure posts the message “Lift up thine eyes” by the portal doors—a wry comment on the loss of religious faith in America. The Gothic portals, tympanum arches, and statuary of the church are inspired by European cathedrals. Rockwell studied Monet’s renderings of Rouen Cathedral before painting this work.