New Light on Old Papal Rome: Recent Finds from the Archive of the Boncompagni Ludovisi

Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

The focus of this talk is the 2010 discovery of archival material that sheds unexpected light on centuries of Boncompagni Ludovisi family history, including the pontificates of Popes Gregory XIII and Gregory XV, and the development of the famed Villa Ludovisi, an enormous private enclave on the Pincio hill in Rome that was for centuries a “must see” stop on the Grand Tour. In 2013 and 2014, T. Corey Brennan, Associate Professor of Classics at Rutgers University, coordinated the first comprehensive videography of the Villa grounds and its spectacular interior spaces, footage that is also featured in his wide-ranging lecture.

This program is co-sponsored with the CWRU Departments of Classics and Art History & Art.

Free and open to the public.