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The Lace Maker

20th Century
20th Century
13 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (34.6 x 27 cm)

Nicola D'Ascenzo, American, born in Italy, (1869–1954)

Object Type: PAINTINGS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Gift of the Reverend Msgr. Walter A. Bower
Accession Number: 78-P-212
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Born in Torricella, Italy, D'Ascenzo immigrated to the U.S. in 1882 where he became the founder of D'Ascenzo Stained Glass Studio in Philadelphia. This internationally renowned studio, inspired by the medieval guild system, continues today in Merion, Pennsylvania.

With the exception of design studies undertaken at the Scoula Libera, Rome, for a brief period, all of D’Ascenzo’s formal training was at American institutions: The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, and The New York School of Design. Although he gained considerable reputation as an oil and watercolor painter, he is most widely remembered for his stained glass designs. His work may be seen in such well-known buildings as Valley Forge Memorial Chapel; Riverside Church, New York; the National Cathedral, Washington, DC; the Chapels of Yale and Princeton Universities; and the Fidelity Trust Company, Philadelphia.
Current Location: Art Museum : 20 C Hallway


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