The Palace of Circe – Tapestry Symposium

Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Sala da Ballo - Villa La Pietra - NYU Florence
Via Bolognese 120, 50139 Florence, Italy

The conservation of the large 18th century Aubusson Tapestry “The Palace of Circe” (designed by Jean-Baptiste Oudry around 1760) spanned a decade and has just now been completed. Villa La Pietra takes the opportunity of the redisplay of this wonderful work of art to shed light on the meaning of the story of Circe in the context of European eighteenth-century culture. The symposium will also include an analysis of the conservation treatment, the collecting taste in the Acton home and the cultural significance of the tapestry.

PROGRAM

10:00 AM – Welcome by Larry Wolff and Perri Klass, Co-Directors, NYU Florence

10:30 AM – Guided tour of the Acton collection, with a focus on the tapestries with Francesca Baldry, Costanza Perrone Da Zara and Claudia Beyer

12:00 PM – Buffet Lunch

1:00 PM – Session I – Collecting, Conservation, and the Myth of Circe: The Acton Tapestry
Chairs: Larry Wolff and Perri Klass, Co-Directors, NYU Florence
Francesca Baldry, Acton Collection Manager, NYU Florence
Costanza Perrone Da Zara and Claudia Beyer, Textile Conservators, Florence
Loretta Dolcini, Art Historian, Former Curator for the Quirinale textile collection

3:00 PM – Coffee Break

3:30 PM – Session II – Classical & Modern Cultural Contexts for the Circe Tapestry
Chairs: Larry Wolff and Perri Klass, Co-Directors, NYU Florence
Constanze Güthenke, Faculty of Classics, E.P. Warren Praelector, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University
Anthony Pagden, Departments of History and Political Science, UCLA
Peter Sahlins, Department of History, UC Berkeley
Giulia Sissa, Department of Classics, UCLA

5:30 PM – Conclusion wrap-up followed by cocktail in the garden

18th century Aubusson Tapestry “The Palace of Circe”