Rosa Emma Cafarelli

Media - 1966.110.2 - SAAM-1966.110.2_1 - 46614
Copied Anthony de Francisci, Rosa Emma Cafarelli, 1924, brass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate, 1966.110.2

Artwork Details

Title
Rosa Emma Cafarelli
Date
1924
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 384 34 in. (18.812.0 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate
Mediums
Mediums Description
brass
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female — Cafarelli, Rosa Emma — head
Object Number
1966.110.2

Artwork Description

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).