Talk – “Sculptor Emma Stebbins: Forgotten Trailblazing Woman of Lenox’s Gilded Age”

May 7, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Who was Emma Stebbins? Why is there a stone memorial to her in the heart of Lenox at the junction of Main and Cliffwood Streets?

On Saturday, May 7 at 3:30 pm Italian-American journalist Maria Teresa Cometto will bring us the answers in a talk at Ventfort Hall. Her newest book, Emma and the Central Park Angel will be published (in Italian) later this fall by Neri Pozza. Local historian, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, will participate in the presentation.

In New York City Emma Stebbins’ uplifting statue “Angel of the Waters”, installed in 1873 in Central Park, is an iconic landmark. It was the first public commission by a woman in the city, and has been used as an evocative backdrop in countless films, including most recently in Julian Fellowes’ Gilded Age. But who knows about Stebbins’ artistic career in mid-nineteenth century Rome or her retirement years in Lenox?

Maria Teresa Cometto has been based in New York City since 2000. For almost 30 years, she has been a correspondent for the leading Italian daily “Corriere della Sera”. She has written two other biographies. On June 2, 2017 she was awarded the title “Cavaliere (Knight) dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”.

Tickets are $20. Reservations are required. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206 starting April 21st. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.