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April 7, 2004

Roman Art Expert to Present 14th Annual Lehmann Lecture

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 decorated villas.

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.


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