Dorothy Wagner Puccinelli

Dorothy Wagner Puccinelli, also known as Dorothy Puccinelli Cravath (December 19, 1901 – May 24, 1974), was a New Deal-era artist and muralist. She was based in San Francisco, California.

Born as Dorothy Wagner upon December 19, 1901, in San Antonio, Texas, at age five her intimates moved and settling in Half Moon Bay, California. In 1919, she enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts (now known as San Francisco Art Institute) and later continued in 1925 at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco to studied with Beniamino Bufano.

Her first marriage was to player Raymond Puccinelli which finished in divorce. In 1941, Dorothy married Austin Cravath (brother of player Ruth Cravath) and together they had a daughter named Anne.

In 1937, Puccinelli created a 6′ x 8′ tempera-on-canvas mural called Vacheros at the broadcast office in Merced, California. The mural was funded by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts.

In 1939, Puccinelli worked with artist, Helen Katharine Forbes to paint the interior four panel murals of the Mother's Building at the San Francisco Zoo. The four murals depict a Noah's Ark-theme in imitation of animals and were funded by Federal Art Project (FAP) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). From 1978 until 2002, the Mother's Building served as a present shop for the zoo, the mural is now in habit of restoration and the room is lonesome used for special events.

In 1960 and 1975, Puccinelli and Emmy Lou Packard restored murals, including Coit Tower.

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