The Case of the Missing Fasanella Painting

Laura E. Ruberto (March 02, 2011)
How I uncovered that the City of Oakland, the Oakland Public Library, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Oakland International Airport have misplaced Ralph Fasanella’s painting, "Welcome Home Boys".

About a month ago, Paul D’Ambrosio, a colleague and Facebook friend, asked me if Ralph Fasanella’s painting Welcome Home Boys was still in the Oakland Public Library’s main branch. I live 2.5 miles from the library and visit it regularly, but I had to admit to Paul—Fasanella scholar and Chief Curator of the Fenimore Art Museum in New York—that not only had I never seen it, I didn’t even know such a painting was exhibited here on the West Coast.