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Emma e l’Angelo di Central Park - Book presentation



Emma e l’Angelo di Central Park  - Book presentation

A conversation with Maria Teresa Cometto presenting her latest book: Emma e l’Angelo di Central Park with: Fabio Finotti Director of IIC-NY,  Thayer Tolles, Curator of The American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the sculptor Patricia Cronin, the creator of Memorial To A Marriage, the first and only Marriage Equality monument in the world. 
Special guest: Alison Heydt Tung, a composer, member of the Musicians Club of New York, descendant of Emma Stebbins.

Emma e l'Angelo di Central Park, that will be available in Italy and in eBook from September 30, it's the first biography ever of Emma Stebbins, the artist who created the Angel of the Waters, on top of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, inaugurated on May 31st, 1873.

Emma was the first woman to receive a public art commission from New York City. She was a New Yorker, but she lived in Rome from 1854 to 1870. It’s in the Eternal City that she got the inspiration for the Angel and she created it. Her life was special: she was “married” to the actress Charlotte Cushman, and belonged to <<that strange sisterhood of American “lady sculptors” who at one time settled upon the seven hills in a white marmorean flock>>, as Henry James described it.


Maria Teresa Cometto has been living in New York since 2000. In addition to working for almost 30 years as a journalist for the leading Italian daily "Corriere della Sera", she has written several books including "La Marchesa Colombi. Life, Novels & Passions of the First Woman Journalist of Corriere della Sera" (2020, Solferino). She is co-author of "Tech and the City. Startups in New York" (2013, Guerini; 2013 Mirandola Press) and "Kids & Money" (2001 and 2008, Sperling & Kupfer).

She graduated cum Laude from Milan's Università Statale with a degree in Philosophy.
On June 2, 2017 she was awarded the title "Cavaliere (Knight) dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana".


Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC-NY

Entrance : Free

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura - NY