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Caruso and LaGuardia at The Piccirilli Studio

The Piccirilli brothers left an enduring legacy in the South Bronx with their studio, nestled in a predominantly Italian neighborhood. Over the years, this studio became not just a workplace but a focal point for artistic endeavors and personal lives alike.





The studio's layout evolved over time, expanding to accommodate multiple projects simultaneously. It was a space where marble was transformed into masterpieces under the careful supervision of the sculptor-designer.


But beyond its artistic significance, the Piccirilli Studio held cultural and political importance. Enrico Caruso found inspiration here for his role in the silent film "Cousins," while Fiorello LaGuardia, the future Mayor of New York City, forged connections that would shape his political career.


Caruso and LaGuardia at The Piccirilli Studio


LaGuardia's first campaign was supported by Attilio Piccirilli, who in turn received support for his vision of an art school serving the marginalized communities of the Bronx.


As we reflect on the Piccirilli brothers' legacy, we see not just their artistic prowess but also their impact on the cultural and political fabric of New York City, a testament to the enduring power of art to shape communities.

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