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Art of Spring Break: The Highlighter: Let Villanova’s Art Inspire and Enrich You


Art at Falvey Memorial Library can be as ephemeral as an image on a whiteboard, enduring as a masterpiece on canvas or interactive as virtual reality in a Cave. In deference to “Art of Spring” week on our blog, this week’s Highlighter will feature artwork on Villanova University’s campus.

An exciting exhibit opens this week at the Villanova University Art Gallery (Connelly Center). Other, permanent artworks, such as abstract sculptures and other secular statues, can also be found on campus. Most permanent art on campus, though, has a religious theme. St. Mary’s Hall, for instance, offers mosaics in its foyer, statues in its courtyard and stained glass windows and shrines in its chapel. St. Rita’s Chapel holds artwork, too, as do the Corr Hall Chapel and St. Thomas of Villanova Church.

As these webpages show, several of these artworks have been created by members of Villanova’s community. Take a moment to take in the art Villanova has to offer.


Art of Spring Break: See Rare Illustrations that Complement Cortona Painting—A Conservation Update

What is the latest news about the conservation of “The Triumph of David,” the large painting attributed to Pietro da Cortona, located in the Reading Room of Falvey Hall (aka Old Falvey)?

Conservation is well under way. The painting has been cleaned, areas where paint is missing have been filled (these are the reddish brown areas visible), the painting has been varnished several times and the conservator,



Kristin deGhetaldi, and her interns are now in-painting (filling in with color the areas where paint was lost). This in-painting is a slow process, using very soft, fine pointed brushes to make tiny strokes. Thus, you are not likely to see dramatic changes day to day or even week to week.

However, one very obvious change to the room is the addition of a small exhibit housed in two cases, one on each side of the gated entrance to the painting. This exhibit, designed by Laura Bang, Digital and Special Collections curatorial assistant, will remain on display until the conservation of “The Triumph of David” is completed.

In her introduction to the exhibit, Bang explains, “Princess Ruspoli’s adopted daughter, Maria Theresa Droutzkoy, also a princess after marrying a Russian prince in 1945, provided funds for the framing and conservation of “The Triumph of David” in the 1950s. [The painting itself was donated to Villanova University by Princess Ruspoli.] She and her husband, Prince Alexis Droutzkoy, donated some other art to the University at the same time, as well as four books that were donated to the Library’s Special Collections, on display in these cases.”

The two books in the left case are both open to show illustrations. The first book is Catalogue of Paintings Forming the Private Collection of P. A. B. Widener: Ashbourne, Near Philadelphia, written by Aliene Ivers Robinson and published in Paris in 1885. The large black and white illustration shows a man with two horses in an expansive landscape. At the time this catalog was published, it was not possible to print photographs in books, so what is shown is a black and white engraving of the painting.

P.A.B. Widener

P.A.B. Widener

P. A. B. Widener, Peter Arrell Brown Widener (1834-1915), was a wealthy Philadelphia businessman, an art collector and a former Philadelphia city treasurer. His collection included works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Edouard Manet and Auguste Renoir. Ashbourne, the residence named in the book’s title, still stands in Elkins Park although it is now called Lynnewood Hall. In 1940 P. A. B. Widener’s sole surviving son, Joseph, donated over 2,000 items from his father’s collection—sculptures, paintings and decorative arts—to the National Gallery of Art.

The Catalogue of Paintings itself was donated to Special Collections in 1961. It is number 17 of an edition of 250. Widener gave this signed book to Aliene Ivers Robinson. One wonders how it made its way into the possession of the Droutzkoys.

In the same case is volume three of the 12 volume set of Cérmonies Et Coutumes Religieuses De Tous Les Peuples Du Monde: Représentées Par Des Figures Dessinées De La Main De Bernard Picart [Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World: Illustrated by Hand Drawn Pictures by Bernard Picart]. The text, in French, is by Jean Frederick Bernard of Amsterdam; the engraved illustrations, as noted in the title, are the work of Bernard Picart. This large volume was published in Paris in 1807.

Picard and Bernard intended to document the rituals and ceremonies of all the religions known at the time. Cérmonies Et Coutumes Religieuses …, volume three, discusses the Greeks and Protestants. It is opened to show text on the right and three illustrations on the left page. Two of the illustrations show ceremonies on Pentecost in The Hague (Netherlands) and Schmerhorn (Germany); the third illustration is titled “The Kings’ Star Carried (or on Parade) through Amsterdam[Netherlands].” The three Kings are likely the Magi. Falvey’s Digital Library has all 12 volumes of this edition digitized.

The series of Cérmonies Et Coutumes was first published between 1723 and 1737. Picart was a famous 18th century engraver. Cérmonies Et Coutumes is the first work undertake such a broad view of the known religions, and it was reprinted several times. Falvey’s set is a later reprint. For the significance of Cérmonies Et Coutumes, see The Book That Changed Europe.

The second case holds two additional books donated by the Droutzkoys: Shelley and Keats As They Struck Their Contemporaries: Notes Partly From Manuscript Sources by Edmund Blunden, and an untitled photograph album. Shelley and Keats … was published as an edition of 310 copies in London in 1925. Falvey’s copy is number five, and it is signed by Blunden, the editor; by the designer, Wyndham Payne; and by the publisher, binder and typographer, Cyril W. Beaumont. Payne also designed the cover, a wallpaper-like pattern, as well as the decoration of the title page. Prince Droutzkoy donated this book in 1960.

The most fascinating book in this small exhibit, for this writer, is the photograph album. Bang says, “This appears to be a photograph album containing original photographs of the city of Florence.” The album is opened to two photographs, one of the Piazza Santa Croce and the other of the cloister of the church of Santa Croce and the Pazzi Chapel designed by Brunelleschi. In the lower left margin of each photograph is “Edizione Brogi.” The photographs seem to be albumen prints.

A bit of research provided additional information: Giacomo Brogi (1822-1881), an Italian photographer, founded a company in Florence which published photographs. In the late 1800s the company employed 85 people. Brogi photographed not only Florence but also other sites in Italy, and he traveled to the Middle East in 1868. Giacomo Brogi had shops in Florence, Naples and Rome.

Carlo Brogi, retrieved from http://www.giacomobrogi.it

Carlo Brogi, http://www.giacomobrogi.it

His son, Carlo Brogi (1850-1920), continued the business after his father died. Carlo Brogi sold both his own and his father’s photographs under the label “Edizione Brogi Firenze.” This writer speculates that the photographs on display date from the 1880s and that the album may have been purchased as a souvenir of someone’s trip in a time, very unlike ours, when few people owned cameras.

One wonders where and when Prince and Princess Droutzkoy acquired these books. And did they purchase them as collector’s items, or did they enjoy them for their aesthetic appeal?

The exhibit will remain on display for the duration of the conservation of “The Triumph of David.” Small though it is, the display is fascinating and well worth a very detailed examination. And if the conservators are working on “The Triumph of David” during your visit, feel free to enter the fenced area for a closer look and to ask questions. The conservators are very gracious about sharing their knowledge.

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


You are Invited to a Golden Anniversary Celebration to Honor Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD

Falvey Memorial Library would like to cordially invite the Villanova Campus Community to a reception being held for Rev. Dennis J. Gallagher, OSA, PhD, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination. Father Gallagher, the University’s Archivist since 1985, was ordained as an Augustinian priest in St. Thomas of Villanova Church on Jan. 30, 1965. Please join us for a light cocktail reception to give him your best wishes and to help us celebrate this landmark occasion. The reception will be held on Wednesday, March 18 in the President’s Lounge, Connelly Center, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

To learn more about Father Gallagher’s current work as University Archivist, as well as his background and interests, please see Alice Bampton’s recent blog article, “A Golden Anniversary: Rev. Dennis J. Gallaher, OSA, PhD, Celebrates 50 Years as an Augustinian Priest.”

Please note that RSVPs are not required in order to attend the reception. Questions about this event can be directed to Gina Duffy, ext. 9-3872.


‘Caturday: Midterms in the Commons

It’s hard to believe that only three short years ago, almost to the day, the Learning Commons in Falvey was officially dedicated. University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, presided over the event and recounted “the long process of inspiration that led to the Learning Commons project.”

Students heading into midterms can take advantage of librarians in the Research Center, homework help from Learning Support Services (LSS), a staffed lab environment in the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC) and one-on-one writing tutorials in the Villanova Writing Center.

The Learning Commons is a great example of how ‘Cats came together to make amazing things happen for the “Greater Great!”

learning commons dedication fr. Peter

Father Donohue


Article by Luisa Cywinski, writer, Communication and Service Promotion Team, and team leader, Access Services Team.

Photograph by John Welsh, University Communication.


Dig Deeper: Literary Festival Features Bruce Smith

Bruce SmithOn Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, Bruce Smith will be giving a poetry reading and talk. Smith is one of the Literary Festival’s featured speakers. Originally from Philadelphia, Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He will be reading selections from his collection entitled Devotions. Publisher’s Weekly called his poems “alternately sharp, slippery, and tender,” and in them he “finds a way to take in almost everything—’Shooter Protocol,’ Charlie Parker, high school shop class—moving seamlessly between critique and embrace.” A book sale and signing will follow the reading.

This event is co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English. It is free and open to the public.

For more information on Bruce Smith and to check out some of his poetry, visit the resources below, selected by Sarah Wingo, liaison library for English and Theater.

Dig Deeper

Bruce Smith’s bio and some of his poetry can found on The Poetry Foundation. You can find some poems here.

Check out Smith’s National Book Award Foundation page for a video of a reading.

Bruce Smith’s Devotions andThe Other Lover are forthcoming to Falvey’s catalog.

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


Dig Deeper: Megan Quigley, PhD on Modernist Fiction

Megan QuigleyA Scholarship@Villanova lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library will feature Megan Quigley, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of English. Dr. Quigley will speak about her book, entitled Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language, newly released from Cambridge University Press, which explores the intertwined history of 20th-century British fiction and philosophy. Specifically, it argues that much modernist literary experimentation connects to the linguistic turn in philosophy.

The event is  co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of English and is free and open to the public.

For more information on Dr. Quigley and her work in Modernism, check out the resources below, provided by Sarah Wingo, liaison librarian for English and Theater.

Quigley BookDig Deeper

Visit Dr. Quigley’s professional website at http://meganquigley.com/. To view a list of her publications, click here.

Selected Scholarship:
Modern Novels and Vagueness.” Modernism/Modernity, 15.1 (2008) 101-129. Print.
To read the full text, click here.


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


Dig Deeper: William Y. Arms, PhD


On Friday, Feb. 13 at 11:00 a.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, William Y. Arms, PhD, will be delivering a lecture entitled Academic Libraries in the Digital Age. William Arms is professor emeritus of computing and information science at Cornell University. Throughout his career he has been a leader in implementing innovative computing in higher education, including education computing, computer networks and digital libraries. He has been influential in shaping the National Science Foundation’s digital library programs, including the Digital Libraries Initiative and the National Science Digital Library.

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Department of Computing Sciences, is free and open to the public. j_luciaEvent organizers also expect Joseph P. Lucia, former director of Falvey Memorial Library and now dean of libraries at Temple University, to appear and offer his perspective on Arms’ work and the changing face of digital libraries.

For further information relevant to Dr. Arms and his publications, check out the resources listed below.

Dig Deeper

Digital LibrariesAuthor of Digital Libraries. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000.

See what William Y. Arms has published by using Falvey’s Articles & More search function.

Use WorldCat.org to see what books Dr. Arms published.Professor Emeritus, Computing & Information Science

Professor Emeritus, Computing & Information Science, Cornell University

Career highlights


Resources selected by research support librarian Susan A. Ottignon.


Black History Month 2015: Saladin Ambar, PhD

CLAS.2.2.15Black History Month is observed every February in the United States and acknowledges the central role and achievements of black Americans in our nation’s history. Significantly, this Black History Month marks fifty years since the assassination of Malcolm X. On February 9th at 4:30 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, Saladin Ambar, PhD, associate professor of political science, Lehigh University, will be presenting a talk titled “Malcolm X’s Legacy at 50: Lessons for Today.”

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Africana Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency by Saladin Ambar, while currently checked out, is available at Falvey. Dr. Ambar also authored Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era.

To learn more about Malcolm X before Dr. Ambar’s lecture, check out his biography on bio.com

For a list of places and events in Philadelphia to celebrate Black History Month, check out Visit Philadelphia.


Malcolm X, 12 March 1964, via Wikimedia Commons

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Looking Forward to Spring: Events in Falvey

groundhogThe spring semester is finally upon us! And although it doesn’t feel (or look) much like spring just yet, keep in mind that warmer weather is getting closer each day. Regardless of what our favorite groundhog , good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil,  tells us today, we have many good things to look forward to in the coming weeks: wearing shorts, having more hours of precious sunlight and, my personal favorite, enjoying free Rita’s water ice on the first official day of spring. Here at Falvey we are looking forward to all of the things to come and are happy to offer another semester full of events and activities to keep your mind off of this blustery climate!

The Library has a great line-up of workshops, panels, talks, open houses, meetings and other events almost every day of the week! This semester’s highlights include a Black History Month lecture by Saladin Ambar, PhD; a talk about academic libraries in the Digital Age by Phi Beta Kappa Scholar William Y. Arms, PhD;  Literary Festival talk featuring author Bruce Smith; several Scholarship@Villanova talks featuring Villanova faculty members such as Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN (Nursing), Megan Quigley, PhD (English) and Lisa Sewell, PhD (English); an Open Mic Poetry Reading ;and even a celebration in honor of Earth Day featuring a panel about climate change. Our culminating event of the semester will be our 2015 Falvey Scholars Awards presentation and reception in which the Library recognizes undergraduates from all five colleges at the University for their outstanding research projects.

Spring Event Speakers: Clockwise from upper left: Ambar, Quigley, Arms, Sewell, Moriarty and Smith.

Spring Event Speakers: Clockwise from upper left: Ambar, Quigley, Arms, Sewell, Moriarty and Smith.

As usual, some of our regularly scheduled events will include VSB peer-tutoring office hours in the Learning Commons almost every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. and the Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club (VEEC) meetings on many Friday afternoons in our first floor lounge throughout the semester. Be sure to stop by the Library to participate in these events as they are free and open to all!

In addition to events the Library plans, Falvey also serves as a host site for events organized by other departments and groups from all across campus. Villanova faculty, staff and representatives from official student groups are able to request a space for their event or meeting by filling out the Events Request Form or by directly contacting Regina Duffy, library events and Outreach program manager. Event locations include the Speakers’ Corner, Learning Commons rooms on the second floor ( 204, 205, 206, 207) and the first-floor lounge.

And, if all of the exciting things going on in Falvey aren’t enough to snap you out of the winter blues, don’t worry; spring break will soon be in our midst! Hang in there!

Article by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication & Service Promotion team and Library Events and Outreach Program Manager.


All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: A Chill Lineup of Spring 2015 Events

Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

The current exhibit in Falvey’s cultural window to the left of the entrance to Holy Grounds is “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go: Spring 2015 Events: Scholarship, Culture, Poetry.” Especially appropriate for this January weather, the exhibit features penguins and snow. “All Dressed Up and Somewhere To Go …” promotes events that will be held in Falvey during the spring semester. Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To Go

Glass blocks displaying photographs and signs advertising planned events fill three shelves. Books written by speakers are also included as are some origami penguins.

A large sign at the top of the window—a photograph of a penguin’s head on one side and the exhibit’s title on the other—proclaims the “All Dressed Up …” theme. The three shelves in the center hold the glass blocks; books by some of the speakers accompany their photographs. Small black signs provide the date, time and location of various events. Artificial snow is scattered on the shelves and on the glass blocks.

Window Shopping: All dressed Up and Somewhere To GoTo frame the exhibit, Kallie Stahl, graduate assistant for the Outreach team, painted snow in the upper corners of the window and across the bottom. On each side stands a group of three penguins.

Joanne Quinn designed the exhibit and its graphics. Molly Quinn, a work study student for the Outreach team, assembled the photographs and text panels in the glass frames, created the origami and scattered the snow, creating the wintery ambience.

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


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