“Portrait of Lorraine and Owen Voight as Children,” marble, Vincenzo Miserendino, 1925.
The portrait of Lorraine and her baby brother Owen recalls the gentle spirit of children’s bust portraits in the Italian Renaissance. Vincenzo Miserendino (1875-1943) was born in Sicily, studied art in Palermo and Rome in the 1890s, and then immigrated to New York City. He is best known for public monuments of historical figures, such Christopher Columbus or President Theodore Roosevelt, who he sculpted in 1922 dressed for an African safari and accompanied by a lion! Private commissions like this one were the ordinary “bread and butter” artworks of an academically trained artist.