Who are these two young people in this classic “Diane Arbus” style photo, taken in the mid-1950s in the Soho section of lower Manhattan?

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They are Don Bolognese and Elaine Raphael, both Cooper Union Art school grads, at the wedding of their dear friend and fellow artist, Frank (the photographer). 

Jump to a few years later and you’re in
Vermont at Don and Elaine’s country home. The painting, "RAPHAEL'S GARDEN", is of Elaine’s garden, planted and then painted by Don for his wife, collaborator and muse for over 60 creative years.


Raphael's Garden