The Piccirilli Brothers, a family of Italian immigrants master stone masons who arrived in New York in 1888, carved many of the most significant marble sculptures in the United States. Their most famous work might be the Lincoln Memorial, but they also left an indelible mark on New York City, carving hundreds of commissions around the five boroughs. Their work here includes the 11 figures in the pediment of the New York Stock exchange, the “four continents” adorning the Customs House at Bowling Green, the two stately lions that guard the New York Public Library, both statues of George Washington for the Arch at Washington Square, and upwards of 500 individual carvings at Riverside Church. The Piccirilli studio on 142nd Street in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx was the largest sculpture studio in the country, eventually occuping an entire city block. On this virtual tour we will explore their artistry around New York City, and their collaborations with the likes of Stanford White, Cass Gilbert, Daniel Chester French, and John Quincy Adams Ward.
All tours are Eastern Time and last 60 to 90 minutes.