Monday, December 4, 2017

The Fine Art of Baseball

Reader and Tweeter of fine memorabilia Mark sent a trio of 8X10 Masterpieces.  Nicholas Volpe was well known as a portrait artist of Hollywood film stars, annually immortalizing the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar winners. 

He made portraits of Frank Sinatra, including one featured as the cover of Sinatras' 1958 album Only The Lonely. Volpe won a Grammy for best Album Cover for his efforts.

The Los Angeles Dodgers commissioned Volpe to produce a dozen player portraits, and other teams like the Twins followed suit.

Western Oil and Fuel was founded in Minneapolis in the 1920s, and in the 1960s they commissioned Volpe to do two dozen Twins portraits, which were distributed at local Mileage and DS gas stations.

Thanks for this wonderful works of art, Mark! 


  1. Wow, those are really beautiful portraits! Are you planning on framing them and hanging them up?

  2. Forgot I sent these out. Love the portraits.

  3. I have that Sinatra album. Hope you can find a way to display this gorgeous art!