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View, New York City, Central Park, John Agnello, Oil Painting, 1950s


John Agnello (1899-1982)
Plaza, Central Park South
New York: c. 1950s
Oil on board
Signed “Agnello” lower right
16 x 20 inches, image
22 x 26 inches, framed

Urban view of the plaza at the south end of Central Park, where Avenue of the Americas meets Central Park South. In the left foreground is the equestrian statue of Argentine General Jose de San Martin (1778-1850), a replica of an 1862 work by French sculptor Louis Joseph Daumas. This statue was given to New York City by the City of Buenos Aires in exchange for a statue of George Washington and was installed on a black granite pedestal in the Park in 1951. It faces a statue of Simon Bolivar on the opposite side of the plaza on a similar pedestal, which had been relocated there a month earlier in 1951. The artist, John Agnello, had studios in the vicinity of the Park in the 1950s, and likely painted this view around the time the statue was installed. As is typical of his work, he included the lively activity of people enjoying the Park, which in this case includes horse-drawn carriages and a couple walking a dog.  The vantage point of the view is from about Seventh Avenue facing east, with Fifth Avenue in the distance.

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John Agnello was an American painter in oils and fresco. Born in Italy, he was self taught and traveled the world as a young man before settling in New York City by the time he was 30 years old. Beginning in 1932, he participated in the annual Washington Square Outdoor Art Show and the exhibits of Society of Independent Artists. He painted murals for both private homes and churches, and also did portraits. An allegorical portrait he painted in memory of President John F. Kennedy was exhibited in the New England pavilion of the New York World’s Fair in 1964, and was subsequently donated to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library. He is particularly well known for his urban genre scenes in which he liked to include people to convey the activity of the subject city as well as its buildings and various landmarks. These were done in various locales, including New York City, where his studio was, as well as in Europe where he traveled.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Gold frame good with the usual wear.


“About.” John Agnello. (8 May 2018).

“Central Park.” NYC Parks. (8 May 2018).

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20th Century