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Exhibition: Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey

Author: Charles Leavitt

This exhibition at the Snite Museum of Art offers a rare opportunity to see thirty-one drawings by the famous 16th-century architect, Andrea Palladio, along with seven books, fifteen models of related buildings, and eight bas-reliefs of some of the drawings (3-D projections of architectural drawings).

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New Exhibit - Exercises in Creativity: Italian Drawings, 1500-1800

Author: Charles Leavitt

The Snite Museum of Art announces the opening of Exercises in Creativity: Italian Drawings, 1500-1800 April 3. This exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to gain deeper insights into some of Italy’s best-known masters, including Agostino Carracci, Sebastiano Ricci, and Jacopo Tintoretto. Less familiar artists who are equally representative of the social, political, or theological contexts that gave rise to these “exercises in creativity” will also be included.

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Ph.D. Student Examines Animal Imagery in Literature

Author: Kate Cohorst

Damiano Benvegnù, a student in Notre Dame’s Ph.D. in Literature Program, can point to the moment when he changed his academic focus from astronomy to literature. “Reading William Blake’s ‘Tyger’ in a literature class in my liceo scientifico (high school) was an epiphany. The poem was an amazing feat for Blake in the late 18th century—and then a revelation for me, as a reader, more than 200 years later.”

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New Library acquisition: Indicazione antiquaria del Pontificio Museo Pio-Clementino in Vaticano

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item:  Pasquale Massi.  Indicazione antiquaria del Pontificio Museo Pio-Clementino in Vaticano - Catalogue indicatif des antiquitès composant le Musèe Pie-Clèmentin au Vatican.  Rome: Presso i Lazzarini, 1792.  First edition; parallel texts in Italian and French. …

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New Library acquisition: Distinta relatione delle cerimonie fatte in Roma...

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item:  Pietro Leone. Distinta relatione delle cerimonie fatte in Roma nell'aprire le Porte Sante delle quattro principali Basiliche per l'anno corrente del giubileo, e particolarmente di quella di S. Pietro in Vaticano…

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New Library acquisition: Picturae antiquae cryptarum romanarum et sepullcri Nasonum…

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item:  Bellori, Giovanni Pietro.  Picturae antiquae cryptarum romanarum et sepullcri Nasonum… Rome: S. Michaelis for Hieronymous Mainardus, 1738.  Illustrated with 75 engravings, 34 of which are full-page prints.  …

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New Library acquisition: Rime, Le Stanze, De gli Asolani

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item:  Pietro Bembo.  Rime, Le Stanze, De gli Asolani.  Venice, Giovanni Antonio Nicolini da Sabbio, 1530.    By the year 1530, Pietro Bembo was well known for his editions of Petrarch and Dante, published respectively in 1501 and 1502, and his Prose della volgar lingua…

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New Library acquisition: Urbis Romae aedificiorum illustriumquae supersunt reliquiae

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item: Giovanni Battista Cavalieri. Antiquarum statuarum urbis Romae.  Rome, 1569.  Bound with:  Giovanni Antonio Dosio. Urbis Romae aedificiorum illustriumquae supersunt reliquiae. Florence, 1569.

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Thomas Noble to lead American Catholic Historical Association

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Thomas F.X. Noble, chair of the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected vice president of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) in 2011 and will become its president in 2012. Noble is a professor of history and former director of the Medieval Institute in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the ACHA for 35 years and is a past member of its executive council. “I was surprised and delighted to be elected president of the American Catholic Historical Association, not least because I am the sixth historian from Notre Dame to be accorded this honor,” Noble says.

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New Library acquisition: Roma ampliata, e rinovata

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item:  Attributed to Gregorio Roisecco.  Roma ampliata, e rinovata, o sia nuova descrizione della moderna città di Roma….  Rome, Ottavio Puccinelli for the bookshop of Gregorio Roisecco, 1750.   Contains 39 woodcut illustrations.

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Leading Dante expert comes to Notre Dame

Author: Charles Leavitt

  One of the world’s leading Dante scholars, Zygmunt G. Baranski, is slated to join the University of Notre Dame faculty next fall as the University’s first Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies. Baranski comes to Notre Dame from the University of Cambridge, where, since 2002, he has been the Serena Professor of Italian and, between 2002 and 2006, head of the Department of Italian in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. “I feel that Notre Dame is exactly the right place for me to be going at this point in my career,” Baranski says.

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Notre Dame team completes 3D Documentation of the Roman Forum

Author: Charles Leavitt

In July, a team of School of Architecture faculty and students led by Professor Krupali Uplekar Krusche traveled to the Roman Forum---the center of political, religious, commercial, and judicial life in Rome---to measure, document, and draw large areas of the historic site. The team used conventional and innovative methods, including a Leica 3-D laser scanner, for measuring and understanding this World Heritage Site.

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Zygmunt G. Baranski joins Notre Dame as the 2010 Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Distinguished Visiting Professor

Author: Charles Leavitt

Serena Professor of Italian and Head of the Department of Italian in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University, is joining Notre Dame as the 2010 Alberto J. and Helen M. Ravarino Distinguished Visiting Professor of Dante and Italian Studies.

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