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Like a Great Roman Ruin: The College Hall Fire of 1914

Like a Great Roman Ruin: The College Hall Fire of 1914

Please join us in attending a wonderful lecture given by Wellesley College Professor Musacchio on Wellesley's 1914 College Hall Fire

Date: March 6, 2020

Time: 1pm Pacific Standard Time / 4pm Eastern Standard Time

Location: Zoom Link to be sent upon RSVP




A little bit about Professor Musacchio in her own words:

My research initially focused on the role of material culture in Italian Renaissance life, encompassing everything from sculpted portrait busts and domestic devotional images to metalwork bridal girdles and embroidered widows’ veils. I’ve published articles and given talks in the United States and abroad on these subjects – as well as on weasels, chickens, and Fascist revivalism – and my two books, The Art and Ritual of Childbirth in Renaissance Italy (1999) and Art, Marriage, and Family in the Florentine Renaissance Palace (2008), investigate these issues in greater depth. I’ve been involved in a variety of related museum exhibitions, too, either as a catalogue author or a curator, including the exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy (2008-2009). But my current book projects move in new directions.  In one, I examine Bianca Cappello, a Grand Duchess of Tuscany who tried, and failed, to use the arts to enhance her own very poor reputation.  In the other, I analyze American women artists who traveled to Italy in the late nineteenth century; I look at what they saw, ate, made, wrote about, and brought back home with them.  Many of these women were connected with the early years of Wellesley, and Wellesley history is another great interest of mine.  You can find copies of many of my  publications at