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.
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“Central Park.” NYC Parks. https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/central-park/monuments/1395 (8 May 2018).