Roman Art Expert to Present 14th Annual
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Bettina Bergmann, associate professor
of art at Mount Holyoke College, will deliver the 14th
annual Lehmann Lecture. Bergmann will speak on "Rediscovering
Boscoreale: Roman Country Villas and Their Treasures" at
11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, at Graham Hall, Hillyer,
Brown Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow in Neilson
Library Browsing Room.
The event, which is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute
of America's Western Massachusetts Society, is free, open
to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Bergmann co-edited with Christine Kondoleon a volume of
conference papers on "The Art of Ancient Spectacle" (Yale
University Press, 1999) and is the author of many scholarly
articles and reviews. Her scholarly focus is on the enhancement
of interior spaces in Roman houses through wall paintings.
To aid modern scholars and students in the visualization
of these interior spaces, Bergmann and artist Victoria I
constructed three-dimensional models that provide a context
for the paintings, many of which are no longer found on site
but are hanging in museums.
Bergmann is currently preparing two books for publication,
one on Roman ensembles, the other on Roman landscape. In
her lecture, Bergmann will examine some of the archaeological
remains of 30 country villas located in Boscoreale, just
north of Pompeii on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Much of
the treasure from these villas was uncovered in the late
19th century and scattered in museums throughout the world.
Bergmann's lecture will fix the finds in their original context,
thereby shedding light on the life and art of these splendidly
The Lehmann Lecture honors Haydenville resident Phyllis
Williams Lehmann, emeritus professor of art. Lehmann taught
at Smith from 1946 until her retirement in 1978.
For more information, call Geoffrey Sumi at (413) 5382277.
Office of College
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
T (413) 585-2190
F (413) 585-2174
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