"Amaro È O Bbene (Nu Suono 'e Fisarmonica Si Sente)"

"Amaro È O Bbene (Nu Suono 'e Fisarmonica Si Sente)"

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Acrylic on Canvas, 22” x 28”

This painting was inspired by a scene I observed in May, 2018, at the revived Madonna del Sacro Monte di Novi Velia feast, which took place at the Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, NJ.

The title refers to a famous old Neapolitan song, “Amaro È o Bbene” (literally, “Love is bitter”), and the first line of that song, “Nu suono ‘e fisarmonica si sente” (literally, “A sound of the accordion is heard”). I thought of that song as I observed the musician meandering around and playing his stunningly beautiful accordion, itself a work of art.

I dedicate this painting to my good friend, Pat O’Boyle, who knows more about Italian and Italian American culture and heritage than anyone I know, and who has been instrumental (no pun intended) in bringing about the revival of this feast (including a Solemn High Mass with Gregorian Chant), which for decades was a hallmark of the Jersey City Italian immigrant community and their descendants.

For more on The Madonna del Sacro Monte and the feast, check out the following links:



Original is for sale. Full size and smaller (11” x 14”) gicleè prints available for purchase on paper or canvas.

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