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Christopher Columbus scene

Object Number: 
2005.3.2
Date: 
1890-1910
Medium: 
Silk, cotton, linen
Dimensions: 
image: 18 1/4 x 27 in. ( 46.4 x 68.6 cm ) Overall: 21 1/4 x 31 7/8 in. ( 54 x 81 cm )
Marks: 
embroidered at lower left: "A.L.F." embroidered at lower right: "Frank de Caro"
Description: 
Silk satin-stitch embroidery in golds, greens, brown and red on cotton linen backing depicting the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the new world; image includes Columbus at center, kneeling with flag, flanked on left by men holding banner with image of Christ on the cross and priest at right; ships in background and natives in landscaped foreground; embroidered in lower left corner "A.L.F."; embroidered in lower right corner "Frank de Caro"; embroided panel sewn to cotton linen backing.
Gallery Label: 
This embroidered panel was likely made for or by 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