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Emanuel (Glicenstein) Romano 

Emanuel Glicenstein Romano , Painter. b. 1897, Rome. Immigrated 1954. Lived and worked in the United States. Opened museum in Safed in memory of his father, Enrico Glicenstein, artist, with his works.

Born in Rome, Italy, Emanuel Romano became a painter, illustrator, muralist and teacher in New York City where from 1944 to 1945 he taught at the City College of New York. One of his murals is in the Klondike Building, Welfare Island, New York.

He studied in Switzerland and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and in 1940 at the Art Institute of Chicago. This listed American modernist studied in Switzerland with Glicenstein before settling in New York, where he achieved prominence as a painter, teacher and lecturer. He exhibited widely and with great success, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. He also exhibited internationally in Germany, Italy, France and Israel. Emmanuel Romano’s work is held in the permanent collections of many prestigious national museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Fogg Museum and the Musée Nacional de France. We are offering a large and important still-life, painted at the summit of this notable artist’s career.

The descendant of a long line of eminent sculptors and painters, this Italian artist made a series of portraits of such authors as Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, T.S. Eliot, and Carson McCullers.

His father  Henryk (Enrico) Glicenstein
(Polish-American, 1870-1942)

 Glicenstein had a prestigious International career, including winning the Prix de Rome and being nominated for membership in the Paris Salon by Auguste Rodin. He had traveled to France to study with Rodin, but instead won Rodin's endorsement as a peer.  Rodin nominated Glicenstein to the French Salon, where they exhibited together during Glicenstein's tenure in France.

Glicenstein traveled to New York with his son, the painter Emanuel Romano (Glicenstien). In the United States, he exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and the 1939 Worlds Fair, as well as in solo exhibitions in Manhattan.

Today Glicenstein is equally revered as a seminal figure in Jewish Art including Israeli patronage and the establishment of a museum wing dedicated to his art in Poland.


Portrait of Regina Leide-Tedesco
by Emanuel Romano

Glicenstein sculpture
Sculpture of Man and Dog by Henryk Glicenstein

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