The Italian Studies Graduate Program
In 2005, the department of Italian Studies created the first full-time presence of graduate students at Villa La Pietra. Jane Tylus, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Italian Studies, working with local faculty member Bruce Edelstein, developed an academic program to serve the needs of both M.A. and Ph.D. students. The program includes both a Work in Progress Seminar and a Graduate Studies Seminar. The latter is a bimonthly lecture series that has included a wide array of distinguished international scholars, journalists, and public figures. The lectures hosted by Villa La Pietra Director, Ellyn Toscano, are open to members of the NYU community and take place in the beautiful Salone of Villa La Pietra, which provides a unique environment, reinforcing the villa's role as the heart of NYU's graduate programs in Florence. In 2007, Prof. Edelstein was appointed Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Advanced Research and he has fostered an extremely fruitful relationship for the students, connecting them with the rich resources that Florence has to offer, in particular with the National Library and the University of Florence.
Museum Studies Internships
Museum Studies graduate students enrolled in the M.A. program at NYU pursue internships at Villa La Pietra for credit in fulfilment of their program's degree requirements. For the past several years, a series of interns have participated in many ways: giving tours of the art collection, organizing concerts and other cultural events, and cataloguing the art collection. The small staff and large amount of work to be done ensure that these students make important contributions and have rewarding experiences.
Student Projects for the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts
Students specializing in the conservation of works of art and earning their M.A. at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, have the opportunity to gain experience working on objects in the Acton Collection by participating in short projects organized throughout the year. The preservation challenges cover a wide range of materials and provide experience with identifying conservation priorities through surveys of the collection as well as hands-on treatments addressing stabilization and cleaning problems. Recent projects have included materials such as Chinese lacquer, prints and drawings, textiles, marble sculptures, and even the eighteenth-century frescoed walls of Villa La Pietra itself.