Item no. 28489
Family Supper focuses on the artist's family, and particularly his mother Ginevra. Shown in their Sullivan Street apartment, the members of the family are gathered around a table set with fruit, espresso and Italian pastries. Fasanella's mother is a vision of the gentle, nurturing spirit of the family, to whom the others cling for spiritual and emotional sustenance. Fasanella memorializes his mother's sacrifices by placing her on a cross directly above the family group. His father appears as an illustration on a calendar on the wall at the right. For those with working-class roots, the remainder of the canvas sis an encyclopedia of the familiar.
Painting by Ralph Fasanella from the National Park Service, Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
See the Ralph Fasanella exhibit for more information.