The 2018 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Thursday, October 4 when Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Kertzer discusses his new book,The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe. With a combination of gripping, cinematic storytelling and keen historical analysis, rooted in an unprecedented richness of archival sources, The Pope Who Would Be King sheds fascinating new light on the end of rule by divine right in the Wes
Fall is in the air. Join our special collections staff to celebrate with a spread of old and rare volumes that will approach the turning of the season from a number of different angles. We will have out some astronomical works, almanacs, and treatises on plants, planting and the harvest that range from the 16th century to the 19th. Free and open to all.
Charles J. Burns of the Newport Restoration Foundation will give an illustrated talk on the nine important portraits by Belle Epoque artist Giovanni Boldini of prominent ladies with ties to Newport, exploring their lives and connections to the artist.
From the delicate ornament of the Villa Tenuta Beronni to the surreal atmosphere of the Villa Garzoni, where Carlo Goldoni wrote Pinocchio, this lecture celebrates the whimsical world of the villa from the 18th through the 19th centuries. Imagination and escapism inspired the design and use of villas at a time when Italy was in economic and political decline. The result is a rich legacy of architecture filled with both fantasy and fatalism.