The Bianco’s, Jackie O and the Painting

I got a call from Leonard Bianco, father of Marco and Chris of Pizzeria Bianco/Pane Bianco, about a painting I photographed for him years ago. Leonard had always been a painter and had worked in New York for decades with his family as professional wine label makers among other things. His craft brought him into contact with an colorful gamut of socialites in the Modern New York including the Kennedy Family. As an artist, he was awarded the opportunity to paint this portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy and daughter Catherine.

On the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s untimely death his painting has accrued a new cultural value as a symbol of elegance and timelessness in the face of political and familial hardship. The painting stands about 6 feet tall, which makes the figures nearly life-sized.

Leonard asked me to make fine art prints of this work to send to to interested parties for consideration of acquisition. I used my boutique printing company, Sonoran Print Editions, to complete the task and also picture what it must have been  like to be the painter with this duet as your subject matter. What an experience.


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