AU College of Human Sciences brings Italian art scholar and curator to Auburn as speaker

AUBURN – Architect Francesco Petrucci, Curator of the Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia, Italy, and affiliate faculty in the Auburn University College of Human Sciences, will deliver a public lecture on Tuesday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m., in the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center auditorium. Petrucci’s presentation, “The Grand Tour, Ariccia and the Castelli Romani,” is part of the College of Human Sciences’ International Lecture Series.

Petrucci is a world renowned scholar of Roman baroque art and the 17th century architect, painter and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He has published extensively in specialized art periodicals as well authoring numerous monographs, exhibition catalogs and essays. His latest works include the books “Bernini Pittore” and “La Passione di Cristo secondo Bernini.”

The Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia is the academic home of the College of Human Sciences’ study abroad program in Italy. Renovated in the 17th century by Bernini, this historic landmark was the summer home to one of Italy’s most powerful papal families. In 1988, the commune of Ariccia purchased the palace and began a major restoration of both the building and the surrounding park. Today, in addition to serving as the campus for the AU College of Human Sciences in Italy, the Palazzo Chigi operates as an award-winning museum showcasing centuries of art treasures and some of Italy’s most highly acclaimed exhibits.

(Contributed by Harriet Giles.)

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