About that Portrait
In the lobby of the New Nixon Library is an inspiring portrait of the President painted by the famous artist Norman Rockwell, captured in oil on canvas in 1968. Over time Rockwell painted Nixon six times. The original of the lobby picture is now in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. It was donated by the Richard Nixon Foundation. The original is approximately 18 x 26 inches. To transform this painting into its spectacular wall size, specialists photographed the original in three sections with an ultra high speed camera; they enlarged and produced it on canvas which was then adhered to the lobby wall. See the lobby picture and a look at the artist Norman Rockwell. The enlarged Rockwell painting covers the entire back wall of the lobby. While President Nixon was an imposing figure, Norman Rockwell was himself pretty amazing.