Painter, sculptor and poet Robert De Niro, Sr. was a substantial contributor to post-war American art for his dedication to painterly representation. While his contemporaries eschewed the figurative style of the Old Masters. De Niro reveled in it.
Not too long ago, I read in a newspaper article about Robert De Niro and his European travels he did about 40 years ago. Back then, these kind of tourist destinations were extremely popular among young Americans - if you were young and adventurous you didn't need much money to visit most of the Europe by foot and hitchhiking..