"In the heart of Central Park there is an angel. It is the Angel of the Waters statue, which appeared on the Bethesda Fountain on May 31, 1873. It has since earned a place among the city's icons-a deserved place for its classical beauty, although not everyone knows that it is much more: a symbol of love, harmony, healing, and rebirth, as the historical motivation for its creation affirms. Scenes from countless movies have been filmed at its feet, from Angels in America to Enchanted." This is the story of the angel and the artist who created it.
Literary Nonfiction. History. Art. LGBTQ+ Studies. Women's Studies.
”Immersive, intelligent and moving.” -Louisa Ermelino
”A vivid picture of a formative moment in American art and the gifted and courageous woman who made it.” -Jonathan Galassi
”A triumphant unveiling.” -Cornelia Brooke Gilder
”A rich array of delights and discoveries.” -Dianne Hales
”A fast-paced and engaging history.” -Mary K. McGuigan and John F. McGuigan Jr.
”Cometto's book makes flesh of the pioneering sculptor Emma Stebbins.” -Matt Reiley
”Wonderfully absorbing.” -Thayer Tolles
”Students, scholars, art lovers, and fans of NYC history will all find a reason to read this book.” -Lisa Ackerman
Maria Teresa Cometto is a journalist and author based in New York City. She was born in Novara, Italy, and graduated cum laude from Milan's Universitá Statale with a degree in Philosophy of Science. Since 1994 she has been working for the leading Italian daily Corriere della Sera, besides writing several books. In 2000 she moved to New York City with her family. On June2, 2017, she was awarded the title Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for her activism in promoting Italian language and culture in America. In 2018, she became a U.S. citizen after having had her Green Card as "alien with extraordinary ability." You can follow her on Facebook as MariaTeresaCometto and on Twitter & Instagram: @mtcometto.