Central Park

  • Anthony Benedetto, Central Park, 1998, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2000, Benedetto/Bennett, Gift of the artist, 2005.16

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"I love that park. I always dreamed of having a place that would catch the afternoon light, so I could paint that park over and over." (The artist, quoted in Sullivan, Tony Bennett in the Studio: A life of Art & Music, 2007, excerpted in "Tony Bennett: The Musician and the Artist," msnbc.com, September 24, 2007, http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/20939793/.)
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In a city whose streets are lined with gigantic skyscrapers and teem with thousands of people, any sort of nature becomes a welcome escape for its citizens. Anthony Benedetto, better known as Tony Bennett, found inspiration in New York City's Central Park, where the possibilities of what to paint are limitless. Benedetto's dream of owning an apartment with a view of the park has been realized, and this scene is the view from his Manhattan window. It is a glimpse into the artist's private life, almost as if we are sitting at the window with him, looking out over the park. The morning light and crisp fall colors are inviting, but the cityscape hovers on the perimeter, reminding the viewer of what is outside this idyllic haven. The salvation from the busy city life is only temporary.

Central Park
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36 x 60 in. (91.4 x 152.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

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oil on canvas
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
  • Landscape – park – Central Park
  • Cityscape – New York – Manhattan
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