Oil painting on canvas created by artist Bernadine Stetzel that depicts crowds welcoming President Kennedy to Costa Rica.
Artist Stetzel described this piece as follows: "The popular American president received a tumultous welcome from the residents of Costa Rica in March of 1963."
An enthusiastic supporter of John F. Kennedy, Stetzel was devastated by the assassination. Shortly after visiting the president’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in 1968, she began work on a series of paintings that depicted the life of the late president. Between 1968 and 1985, with a long break in the middle, Bernadine Stetzel created 71 works that followed John F. Kennedy from his christening ceremony to the eternal flame at his gravesite.