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Nomnomnomatology: Sweet (Savory) Sixteen

March Madness is marching by and it won’t be long now until our chompians are determined. Sweet Sixteen is upon us! As you’ll see, however, these matchups are a little more savory than sweet. But don’t be salty—Reese’s Cups, Dark Chocolate, Ben and Jerry’s, and Brownies aren’t out of the game yet!

512px-BK-French-FriesFrench Fries vs. Buffalo Chicken Dip
French Fries are storming the court this season. It’s uncertain if anything can slow their roll. Buffalo Chicken Dip, while a most perfect food, just doesn’t have the universal fan base of Fries. Those who love buffalo sauce love it passionately, but French Fries have the chance to go all the way. I give this round to Fries.

PopcornPopcorn vs. Chips and Dip
Chips and Dip made a surprising one point win over Chips and Salsa last week, but that doesn’t mean they’re coming into this round underpowered. Still, Popcorn and all of its happy movie theater memories are a force to be reckoned with. Chips and Dip has the allure of mystery that might work in its favor—what kind of chips? What kind of dip? Still, Popcorn is the cinema and party food darling. Popcorn for the win.

Childhood_Favorite_Boxed_Mac_&_Cheese_(3387828736)Mac and Cheese vs. Mashed Potatoes
Comfort, comfort, comfort. These players are matched in their strengths as home cooked happiness. I’m sure it’ll be an extremely close vote. I’m almost hesitant to make a prediction; frankly, the match can go either way. Both have shown up for the past two weeks and have shown up big. With an eye to the cheese lovers, I’ll give the match to Mac, but won’t be surprised to be proven wrong.

Chocolate_-_stonesoupSushi vs. Dark Chocolate
This choice is ridiculous levels of hard. Dark cocoa goodness melts in your mouth, rich and warm, like a nice-smelling hug … on your tongue. Sushi, especially if we’re talking the sushi from Sushi Land on Lancaster Avenue (I’m obsessed), is masterful. The two aren’t even remotely similar in strengths, which should make it a wild round. Again, while I wouldn’t be surprised to be proven wrong, I want to wager for Dark Chocolate and only, only because of the sizable portion of the population that despises raw fish. (I’m sorry, sushi – we can still be friends!)

Is your stomach rumbling yet? Be sure to vote for week 3 online or at the circulation desk in Falvey. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more #nomnomnomatology action.

Also, check out the Wildcats this Thursday at home court or on the Big East Digital Network as the women’s basketball team takes on St. John’s at 7:00!

Images accessed through Wikimedia Commons, via Jules Clancy, D Sharon Pruitt, and free use. 


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Villanova University hosts The Hidden Room Theatre’s der Bestrafte Brudermord

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On March 23-24, Villanova will host award-winning Texas-based theatre group The Hidden Room to stage their original-practices puppet-show production of der Bestrafte Brudermord, the mysterious slapstick Hamlet found in a German manuscript in the 18th century.  The Hidden Room’s visit to Villanova will include a talk by Zachary Lesser, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania; two evening shows, each followed by an artist talk-back; and two workshops on theatre scholarship, dramatic practice, and arts entrepreneurship.  Events will take place in the Villanova Cinema and are free with a Villanova or Penn ID.  Seating will be first-come.  ACS Approved.  Direct questions to Alice Dailey, PhD (alice.dailey@villanova.edu).

Monday, March 23

5:00 p.m.  Workshop

“Page to Stage: Turning Theatre Scholarship into Practice”

The Hidden Room’s collaborations with scholars from Shakespeare’s Globe, the American Shakespeare Center, and, most recently, Oxford University’s Tiffany Stern have yielded theatrical events that have won multiple awards, critical acclaim, and international attention.  Using Hidden Room’s der Bestrafte Brudermord as a model, this discussion hopes to illuminate ways that theatre practitioners might build successful working relationships with scholars and use their research to infuse old plays with new life.

6:30 p.m.  Scholarly Talk

Zachary Lesser, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

“Uncanny Hamlets: The Mystery of der Bestrafte Brudermord”

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Tuesday, March 24

5:00 p.m.  Workshop

“The Business of Playing Professionally: Making a Living in the Theatre”

The Hidden Room’s artistic director/theatrical deviser, Beth Burns, has worked as an actor, writer, director, stage manager, teacher, lighting board operator, publicist, grant consultant, tour manager, box officer, usher, house manager, dresser, personal assistant, talent wrangler and janitor.  Burns invites you to learn from her mistakes as she details her successes, stumbling blocks and ways into the future with a focus on a creating a sustainable economic model for a theatrical company.

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

 


This event made possible by generous support from: Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, 
Department of Theatre, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Honors Program
University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Theatre Arts Program,
English Department Undergraduate Program, and English Department Graduate Program

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Dig Deeper: Irish Novelist Claire Kilroy Appears Tonight

Claire_KilroyIrish novelist Claire Kilroy, Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Chair of Irish Studies, will be giving a reading on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. following a reception in the President’s Lounge of the Connelly Center. Each academic year, a distinguished Irish writer is chosen to serve for the spring semester as the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Chair of Irish Studies. Inaugurated in 2000, it has become one of the most prestigious Irish studies positions in the United States.

The reading, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Irish Studies Program, the Irish Dance Team and the Irish Cultural Society, is free and open to the public. It is part of a weeklong series of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, presented by the Irish Studies Program in conjunction with Falvey Memorial Library. Other events include Nova Feis: Lecture featuring Eoin Mc Evoy, visiting Fulbright Scholar on Thursday, March 19, 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner, Falvey Memorial Library.

From the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: “Claire Kilroy was born in Dublin, Ireland. She attended Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied English as an undergraduate and where, after a brief time working in television, she also earned her M.Phil in Creative Writing in 2001. Kilroy is the author of four novels—All SummerTenderwireAll Names Have Been Changed, and The Devil I Know—and has been described by Barbara Kingsolver, author of Flight Behaviour, as a writer who “packs a stunning worldly wisdom into her beautiful prose”; and has also been called “a quirky and excitingly original writer” by Anne Fogarty of the Irish Times. Kilroy cites her literary influences as John Banville and Vladimir Nabokov, and Lolita as her favorite book. She currently resides in Dublin with her husband and infant son, to whom she devotes most of her time.” Read more here.

To learn more about Claire Kilroy and her bibliography, check out the resources below selected by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.


Dig Deeper

Falvey Holdings:
All Summer

Tenderwire

Devil I Know

All Names

Read a Guardian review of Kilroy’s most recent book.

Check out and follow Kilroy’s Goodreads profile.

Read a 2010 interview.


Sarah WingoDig Deeper links selected by Sarah Wingo, team leader – Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.


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Mood Board: Eoin McEvoy

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This week’s Mood Board features visiting Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from University College, Dublin, Eoin McEvoy. This Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner as part of Nova Feis, Eoin will be giving a lecture in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The lecture is entitled “Gaelic Yesterday and Today: Tracing the Irish Language through History.” Eoin is currently teaching Introductory Irish II and Intermediate Irish to Villanova students.


EoinI am inspired by languages and the communities that keep them alive in the face of adversity.

I’m listening to Kate Boy from Stockholm.

My favorite street in Dublin is the red-bricked Exchequer Street.

I wish more people knew that Ireland is having a referendum on same-sex marriage in May and that the polls suggest it will pass by a very wide margin.

At least once, everyone should try to write creatively – short story, song, play or full-length novel. Even if nobody else ever reads it, is is an immensely rewarding experience.

I’d really like to read the Quran.

If I could be any person for a day, I’d be Björk. What a character!

"Björk - Hurricane Festival" by Zach Klein from New York, New York, USA - Bjork, Hurricane Festival. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

Björk – Hurricane Festival” by Zach Klein from New York, New York, USA – Bjork, Hurricane Festival. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s never too late to start learning a new language. And of course, everybody should give Irish a shot – it’s available on the fun language-learning app Duolingo now! (iOS | Android)

When reading James Joyce, it is important to read aloud whenever you encounter a difficulty and to laugh at him when you can – he is always laughing at you.

My favorite phrase in the Irish language is Tá muc ar gach mala aige, which means “He is scowling”. It literally means “He has a pig on every eyebrow.”

Thanks, Eoin! 

Interview by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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‘Caturday: ‘Cats in the Championship, 1985

Most Villanova students weren’t yet born when the Villanova University Wildcats won the 1985 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

I remember exactly where I was on that memorable night when they won the National Championship in 1985. A group of my friends were gathered around the TV just a few miles from campus. One of them was a Georgetown alumnus. (Yes, we were fraternizing with the “enemy,” but he was happy for us when Villanova won that night.) After the game ended and we had screamed until we were hoarse, we jumped in the car and drove to the Villanova campus to witness the revelry first hand.

The next day, the campus was littered with the remnants of a celebration. I went to work at the Villanova University bookstore and waited for the first batch of championship t-shirts to arrive, hot off the presses. I folded t-shirts for weeks, handing them out as fast as we could unpack them from the huge cardboard boxes, right off the truck.

Where were you on April 1, 1985? Where will you be tonight?

1985 Big East Champions

 


LuisaCywinski_headshot thumbnail‘Caturday feature by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication & Service Promotion team, and team leader, Access Services.

 


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Nomnomnomatology: Guest Analysis by Mr. Darren Poley

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Although the old conferences of the four basic food groups (fruit & veg; dairy; meat; breads & cereals) are now only a legacy of a bygone era, Munch Mania is a regular staple of college life. The contenders these days are all comfort foods, some venerable choices from the Ivy League of college student snack foods to the grab-n-go junk foods which are more than just poor seeds.

In the Fruit and Veggie Conference we see some upstarts. Red Velvet Oreos will probably get buried by the fightin’ Irish Potatoes, but Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips I think may be a Cinderella story against good ol’ Oreo Cream. Two others worth watching are Baby Carrots vs. Cool Ranch Doritos and Kale vs. Mashed Potatoes. Will healthy choices overtake those that have been taking a beating lately in the media? I think Cool Ranch will buy the farm against Carrots, but Kale is going to get whipped by Potatoes. All the others in this Conference are fairly evenly matched, although I think Krimpets will appeal to the local fans only and Ben and Jerry’s is going to go pretty far given the depth of their bench. I also predict a knock-down, drag-out struggle between the two biggest powerhouses, but in the end Ramen will come up a day late and a dollar short against #1, Mac & Cheese, which will dominate.

Chili DogsFavorites of the Dairy Conference such as Grilled Cheese and the newer Go-Gurt will steadily ooze their way forward. The only other one to at least give a nod to processed cheese foods is Chili Cheese Dogs with its own special blend of liquid and solid performance, that’s good on the go. I think, Everlasting Gobstoppers will not last long, and will get stopped in their tracks by the spicy unpredictability of Chili Cheese Dogs. The jet-set will have their battle between Pocky and Nutella. I think Nutella will advance, but will get stuck going up against Donuts. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans and Lucky Charms Marshmallows will not be magical. And although I think Cold Pizza will upset #5 Chex Mix, Brownies will dominate Peeps, because Chex Mix and Peeps are seasonal at best, and the winners will be Cold Pizza and Brownies, which are well-known, well-loved and good year-round.

PretzelsWhich choices in the Meat Conference are a cut above? While Vegetable Fried Rice has more sizzle, Cup of Meatballs has more substance. Pierogies will take too long to catch French Fries. Totino’s Pizza Rolls and Mihn Egg Rolls will get frozen by Philly Soft Pretzels, and Buffalo Chicken Dip. The touch of home coming from Cap’n Crunch, PB&J, Chips & Salsa, and Chips & Dip will get crushed by the fast action of Skittles, Popcorn, Cheez-Its, and Cheese Puffs. They however will all get dominated by either French Fries or Philly Soft Pretzels, but it’s too close to call in the battle between those two.

Finally, the Breads and Cereals Conference has its stalwarts: Granola Bars, Trail Mix, and the oldest hold-out: Animal Crackers. Sushi will swim past Happy Meals. Gummy Bears will try to claw their way, but Reese’s Cups will be sweeter. Slim Jims will stomp Spinach. While the beverages will all run together because of fluid performance, Coffee and its sister Iced Coffee will flow past aggressive Monster and laid-back Herbal Tea, and spurt into the lead.

In fact, who do I predict will win it all? I may be swayed by the size of the fan base for these two, but I think the final match-up will be Coffee vs. M&M’s.512px-Plain-M&Ms-Pile


Every round of Nomnomnomatology, you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite foods and enter a drawing for your own personal study room for you and your friends from May 3 through 7, 6 p.m.-3 a.m. On Monday May 4, we will serve you the top four foods from our bracket! To enter in person, use the box by the printed bracket at the front desk. Or vote online here. Online voting counts as a entry to the drawing. The winner must be a current Villanova student and must present a valid Wildcard to receive room access.  


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Nomnomnomatology: A Mouth-Watering March Madness Begins!

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What was that sound? Was that a lion? A tiger? A WILDCAT?!

Oh, sorry. It was your stomach grumbling–how rude of me. It’s completely understandable, because all that studying can make a person hungry—hungry for some March Madness BRACKETOLOGY!

But wait, you say, that doesn’t make any sense – I can’t eat a basketball! Well, not with that attitude you can’t.

You might remember from years past that Falvey’s tournament has seen a fierce battle among authors and fictional characters—because well, yes, we are indeed a library and books are our jam. But while our stacks are here to serve, we are also your cultural commons and your haven on campus. We’ve got cozy nooks and crannies, couches and tables, clever librarians and oh, so many events. Now, in honor of March Madness, we are revealing this year’s bracketology lineup. Commence voting. This year, it might just work in your flavor—er, favor!

At the front entrance of the Library, you’ll see a giant bracket with a smorgasbord of dorm-friendly comfort food teams—historically strong contenders like Mac n’ Cheese, the clear underdog Lukewarm Spam, and ol’ faithful Ramen—and it’s up to you to choose our chompians. The competitions will be intense: 90s kids won’t know what to do with GoGurt versus Dunkaroos—and kale versus mashed potatoes? Who came up with these?

But wait, there’s more!

Every round, you have the opportunity to enter a drawing for your own personal study room for you and your friends from May 3 through 7, 6 p.m.-3 a.m. On Monday May 4, we will serve you the top four foods from our bracket! To enter in person, use the box by the printed bracket at the front desk. Or vote online here. Online voting counts as a entry to the drawing. The winner must be a current Villanova student and must present a valid Wildcard to receive room access.

Let the voting begin!

 


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Art of Spring Break: Cabinets of Curiosities: Highlights from Special Collections

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“Cabinets of Curiosity: Highlights from Special Collections,” a new exhibit on Falvey’s first floor, consists of six cabinets highlighting a variety of materials recently acquired by Falvey’s Special Collections. Photograph albums, a scrapbook, children’s books, adult novels, a tour book for California, a stereoscope and cards (double photographs that appear in three dimensions when viewed in a stereoscope), and a World War II Japanese portable volt-and-current meter are just some of the items in this exhibit.

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Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, curated the exhibit. Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, helped Bang install the exhibit. Joanne Quinn, Communication and Service Promotion team leader and graphic designer, created the graphics for “Cabinets of Curiosities.”

Bang introduces the exhibit saying, “This ‘highlights’ exhibit features a selection of recently acquired materials. Over the past two years, we have focused out collection efforts primarily in the areas of popular culture and materials and upcoming historic anniversaries, particularly the current centennial of the First World War.”

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“I love these ‘hodge-podge’ exhibits,” she adds, “because they give us a chance to show some of the great stuff that doesn’t fit in our regular-themed exhibits, like the stereoscope viewer.”

Two recent donations—Irish-themed books given by Patrick Moss, and a World War II collection from the family of James D. Reap, Jr.—are featured in the “Cabinets of Curiosities.”

The “Cabinets of Curiosities” will remain on display until mid to late March, followed by an Easter exhibit.


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For “Who” the Bell Tolls?

Today, March 4, is National Grammar Day.

linguo Don’t worry. I’m not one of *those* people: you know, the self-appointed grammar police. I would no sooner correct someone’s spoken grammar than I would loudly “Shush!” someone in a library.

But I do wonder whether “whom” will be used five years from now.

And for how much longer should we write, “For each prospective student: give him or her his or her application before he or she leaves”? Is it acceptable just to say “… give them their application before they leave”? I don’t expect “… give them they’re application …” to become acceptable, though.

Until each of us can borrow Linguo, the grammar robot from The Simpsons, we can search Falvey’s catalog for resources. Also, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O’Conner (available through E-ZBorrow) provides reader-friendly answers to challenging or confusing grammar questions.


Gerald info deskArticle by Gerald Dierkes, senior copy-editor for the Communication and Service Promotion team and a liaison to the Department of Theater.


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Art of Spring Break: Ruspoli and Droutzkoy Art Collections Will Be Reunited and Displayed

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Villanova owns a number of paintings donated by Princess Eugenia Ruspoli; her adopted daughter, Princess Maria Theresa Droutzkoy; and her daughter’s husband, Prince Alexis Droutzkoy. Who are these donors and what did they collect? The massive painting, “Triumph of David,” by Pietro da Cortona, which is currently undergoing conservation in Falvey Hall’s Reading Room, is only one of a number of paintings donated by the two families although it is certainly the largest.

Princess Eugenia Ruspoli, donor of “The Triumph of David,” was born Jennie Enfield Berry in Alabama in either 1861 or 1869 (date varies according to the source consulted), the oldest daughter of a Confederate army colonel and plantation owner, Thomas Berry, and his wife, Frances Margaret Rhea. Before her first marriage, young Jennie Berry had traveled and studied in Europe. On May 7, 1889, Berry married a wealthy, older man, Henry Bruton, head of the American Snuff Company. Bruton died in 1892, making Jennie Berry Bruton a wealthy, childless widow who soon resumed her European travels.

eugenia_ruspoli-108x150In March 1901 Jennie Berry Bruton married the 23-year-old Prince Enrico Ruspoli whom she had met in her travels. Prince Ruspoli, with a title but little fortune, had followed Jennie to Georgia where he proposed. They were married in Washington, D.C., by the Papal Nuncio and the couple took up residence in a palazzo in Rome. After her marriage, Jennie Ruspoli changed her first name to Eugenia, derived from the Greek “eugenes,” meaning “well-born.”

Castello Ruspoli, Vignanello, Italy

Castello Ruspoli

With funds provided by Eugenia, she and Enrico Ruspoli purchased the Castle Nemi, parts of which date to the 10th century. The castle, still standing, is 20 miles south of Rome and near the papal summer palace, Castel Gandolfo. She provided the cash; he provided a title to support their aristocratic Italian lifestyle. Prince Enrico Ruspoli died in 1909 only eight years after their marriage. Despite a verbal agreement with his wife, Prince Enrico Ruspoli wrote a will in which he left the castle and most of his property to his own Ruspoli family.

Princess Eugenia Ruspoli challenged the will and, after years of litigation, she received the title to the castle and whatever personal property it contained. Presumably, this personal property included the grand “Triumph of David” donated by Princess Ruspoli to Villanova University in 1950. Were the other paintings she eventually donated to Villanova part of the contents of Nemi Castle when she and her husband purchased it, or did they, with her funds, collect additional works of art? And did she continue to collect after the prince died?

After becoming a widow for the second time, Princess Eugenia Ruspoli frequently traveled between Italy and the United States and eventually made her home in New York City. After the outbreak of World War II she shipped some of her art and furniture from the castle to the United States, a wise choice because the castle was later damaged by a bomb, leaving “The Triumph of David” exposed to the weather. After the war, Nemi Castle was inhabited by families of Italian squatters who had little respect for the historic property. This and the war-time damages led to additional litigation which continued even after Princess Eugenia Ruspoli’s death.

In 1929 Princess Ruspoli adopted her six-year-old niece, Maria Theresa, who later married Prince Alexis Droutzkoy, a white Russian from St. Petersburg. Droutzkoy came to the United States in 1926 as a journalist, attended Columbia University, became a naturalized citizen and editor of Bachelor magazine and later editor of American Helicopter magazine. He and his wife were active socially. Prince Alexis Droutzkoy died in 1976.

His wife, Maria Theresa Ruspoli was born in Norwich, England, in 1923. She became an American citizen in 1945; by this time she was married and well-traveled. Additional information about Princess Maria Theresa Droutzkoy is sparse except in reports of various society events in New York and elsewhere. We do know that the Droutzkoys were Princess Eugenia Ruspoli’s heirs.

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Radan and Cannuli

Now for their art collections: from information provided by the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, and in the Villanova University Art Collection: A Guide (1986) by George T. Radan and Father Cannuli, we can get a sense of their tastes as collectors. With only two exceptions, the paintings in both collections are Old Masters. These paintings are either Italian or Flemish works created from the 1500s through the 1700s.

The two exceptions are an undated work by an English artist, Samuel Prout (1783-1852), “Interior of a Cathedral Scene,” an oil painting on canvas, and an undated “Church Choir Boys,” oil on canvas, by C. De Antonio. The only C. De Antonio I discovered is Cristobal de Antonio, a Spanish artist (c.1862-after 1905). The subject of each of these paintings is the interior of a Gothic style cathedral or church, much like the paintings by the Dutch Baroque master, Saenredam. These paintings are listed in the Villanova University Art Collection: A Guide as gifts from the Droutzkoys, but are not in the recent inventory mentioned below.

According to the current inventory created by the University Art Gallery director, Princess Ruspoli donated seven paintings (including Cortona’s “Triumph of David”) and the Droutzkoys donated an additional seventeen paintings. The older list in the Villanova University Art Collection: A Guide says Princess Ruspoli donated six paintings (the Cortona included) and the Droutzkoys gave eight.

All paintings in the current inventory have been conserved with one exception. The works were brought from off-campus storage and locations on campus and briefly housed in the Reading Room last fall so that the conservators working on “The Triumph of David” could study them. I was able to visit this collection several times – a truly fascinating experience. Not all of the works are by famous masters, but they are all wonderful representations of their art historical periods. All feature religious subjects, including a “St. Thomas of Villanova Giving Alms” by Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, 1593-1678, attributed to or workshop of).

Paintings fr Ruspoli and Droutzkoy

Radan and Cannuli (Villanova University Art Collection, p. xv) say, “ …[T]he authorship supplied by the donors has been accepted by the curators of the collection.” And that leads to an interesting question: is there another painting by Pietro da Cortona in the University’s collection? Listed as a 1952 donation by Princess Alexis Droutzkoy is an oil painting, “Adoration of the Magi” by Pietro Berretini. Pietro Berretini is the birth name of Pietro da Cortona, the artist of the large painting undergoing conservation in the Reading Room.

Princess Ruspoli made her gifts in 1949 and 1950. The Droutzkoys gave the bulk of their gifts from 1952 through 1957 plus a “Resurrection” painted by an anonymous 16th century Italian which was donated by Princess Droutzkoy in 1973. Two large paintings, “Madonna of the Rosary” by Cosimo Daddi, donated by Eugenia Ruspoli, and a 1614 Nativity triptych (a three-paneled work) by an anonymous Flemish master donated by the Droutzkoys are especially impressive.

When the conservation of Cortona’s “Triumph of David” is completed, the works donated by Princess Eugenia Ruspoli and the Prince and Princess Droutzkoy will be united once more. “The Triumph of David” will be hung on the wall and the other paintings will be placed behind glass in the niches that once held books in the Reading Room. The huge windows which provide the room with wonderful daylight will be treated to filter the harmful sunlight so that all these beautiful, conserved paintings will not deteriorate as did “The Triumph of David.”

fatherfalveyAnd true to the wishes of the Rev. Daniel P. Falvey (1906-1962), the former library director for whom Falvey Memorial Library is named, the Library will once more display an art collection. “… [H]e wanted the objects of his collection to be permanently housed in the Library of Villanova College. The aesthetic pleasure of viewing the paintings would enhance any student’s visits to do research. … Not only did he himself place the objects strategically at various locations in the Old Library, but he also secured donations (such as those of the Droutzkoys) to improve the scope of his garden.” (Villanova University Art Collection, p. xiv).

How inspiring to be able to study in such a vast, high ceilinged space surrounded by Old Master paintings.


imagesArticle by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. 


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