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Rosa Emma Cafarelli

1924 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 brass 7 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (18.8 x 12.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 10


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This relief depicts Anthony de Francisci’s mother-in-law, Rosa Emma Cafarelli. The bronze plaque is part of a family series that the sculptor produced between 1920 and 1925. Rosa Emma and her daughter, Teresa, whom de Francisci wed in 1920, came to America from south of Naples, Italy, when Teresa was four years old. The forthright portrayal of Rosa’s middle-aged features and the verdigris (gray-green) patina on the relief make it a companion piece to the artist’s relief of Donato Cafarelli, Rosa’s husband (see 1966.110.4).

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Portrait female - Cafarelli, Rosa Emma - head

sculpture - relief

metal - brass

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relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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