Christopher Columbus portrait

Object Number: 
2005.3.1
Date: 
1890-1910
Medium: 
Paint, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 3/4 x 28 7/8 in. ( 75.6 x 73.3 cm )
Marks: 
written in pencil on back: "Colombo ricamato" (embroidered Columbus).
Description: 
Bust-length portrait of Christopher Columbus on white silk satin ground with face painted in fleshtones and silk satin appliqued hair, hat and costume; overall embroidery detail of silk floss. Inscribed in pencil on reverse "Colombo ricamato" (embroidered Columbus).
Gallery Label: 
This embroidered panel was likely made for Frank DeCaro, an Italian immigrant of New York who owned a successful tailoring establishment from 1890 to his death in 1955. The panel may have been produced by one of DeCaro's own workers, and probably hung in his Brooklyn home. DeCaro was an active member of the Italian-American community, a founding member of the Christopher Columbus Society and the Fraterna Society as well as an advocator for establishing Columbus Day as a holiday.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Frank de Caro
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group