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David Uspal Upholds Library Tradition – Receives the Latest Facultas Award

Uspal & Facultas AwardDavid Uspal, senior web specialist for library services and scholarly applications, received the Spring 2014 Facultas Award on May 20 at the annual University Faculty Staff Picnic. Uspal is the seventh Falvey Memorial Library employee to receive the Facultas Award. The late Therese Dougherty received the Fall 1996 Facultas Award, followed by Bente Polites, Special Collections and reference librarian, fall 2004; Phylis Wright, Interlibrary Loan Office, spring 2006; Domenick Liberato, Access and User Assistance, fall 2007; Barbara Quintiliano, Instructional Design Librarian, fall 2008; and Susan Ottignon, research librarian, spring 2012.

The Facultas Award is presented each fall and spring semester by the Faculty Congress to “acknowledge and honor the contributions of staff members of the Villanova community,” “focus attention on the vital, yet often unnoticed, services essential to the smooth and efficient functioning of the Villanova community, especially the academic faculty,” “recognize persons who would not be otherwise recognized …” and “reinforce among our fellow faculty the importance and diversity of staff support work in all areas of the University.” The Facultas Award constitutes a plaque and a Wildcard gift certificate.

This is Uspal’s second University award. The University Staff Council presented a Work Process Improvement (WPI) award to him in spring 2013 for the interactive map of Falvey Memorial Library that he developed.

Uspal says, “I want to thank Villanova University and Falvey Memorial Library for bringing me on board three years ago and the Technology Development team and the Digital Library team for being supportive of our efforts in the realm of Digital Humanities. A big thank you to all the students and faculty for helping us pilot our way through our initial Digital Humanities projects. Finally, a special thanks to Laura Bang, the Digital Scholarship Coordinator for the Aurelius Digital Scholarship initiative, who has masterminded Villanova’s push into the Digital Humanities universe and without whom this award would have been impossible.”

Interim Library Director Darren Poley comments, “David Uspal is a wonderful asset to Falvey. His blend of deep knowledge as an information technologist with an ever cheery disposition and excellent people skills is incredibly rare. We are indeed fortunate to have David in the Library where he works so well with both staff and the patrons we serve.”

Uspal relaxes by reading and playing board and video games/interactive fiction. His interest in interactive fiction is aptly shown by his involvement with VuPop 2, an annual conference which explores pop culture and mass media.

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Remembering Jim Fox

The Periodical Department in 1999. (L-R) Natalie Tomasco, Susan Markley, Bill Greene, Laura Hutelmyer, Jim Fox and Betty Lane.

The Periodical Department in 1999. (L-R) Natalie Tomasco, Susan Markley, Bill Greene, Laura Hutelmyer, Jim Fox and Betty Lane.

The Falvey Memorial Library staff was saddened to hear of the passing this month of one of our former colleagues, Jim Fox. When he retired in 2010, the Library paid tribute to him by acknowledging his service with a blog post. Now we wish to take a moment to reflect on Jim’s lasting impact upon Falvey’s staff and share what he truly meant to us.

As stacks coordinator, with Access Services, we relied on Jim to supervise the student workers in Bound Periodicals (the area now known as ‘Falvey West,”) and assist the students, faculty and staff in navigating the mysteries of the microfilm readers. No matter the complexity of the questions posed to him, whether it related to his immediate purview or to impact some general information, Jim’s hearty responses clearly demonstrated his warmth and desire to be of assistance.

Jim will always be part of Falvey. Here are some thoughts by people who knew him:

Laura Hutelmyer, Falvey’s Electronic Resource & Special Acquisitions Coordinator told us:

Jim and I were hired on the same day in August 1996. We split the job of Microforms Supervisor. I worked Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Jim did Tuesday-Thursday because he taught as an adjunct at Penn State and LaSalle Universities on the other days.

  •  He always shook “hands” with his elbow.
  •  He used to ‘verse’ the international students on the importance of St. Patrick’s Day.
  • A lifelong historian, he was trying to get an article published only a month or so ago.
  • His family told me (at his memorial service) that he loved his job here at Villanova.

On a personal note, Laura shared with us that since her father-in-law and Jim were both natives of Germantown, a correspondence began between them, each sharing memories of growing up in the area.  Laura considers herself very fortunate to have such “a priceless set of letters.”

Jeannine Ahern, a Business Processes & Administrative Services Specialist for Falvey’s Director’s office, shared her experiences:

Outside of work, Jim Fox and I shared a common bond.  We both coached girls basketball.  I learned so much about coaching basketball from Jim.  On break time at Falvey, I would often go to Jim for advice.  He taught me fantastic offensive drills and strategies for defense.  But, the most important lesson Jim taught me was to give every player a chance to shine.  Jim told me, “Each player has their own unique talent. It is the coach’s role to see that talent in the player and then give them the opportunity to display it.”  I had a very successful coaching experience as a result.  Our success was not measured in wins. It was measured in the confidence and pride that resounded within the players hearts.

I will remember Jim as being a very kind, thoughtful, funny person.  I’m so glad I had the opportunity to work with him and call him friend.

Jim Fox with Joanne Quinn and Luisa Cywinski in 2010

Jim Fox with Joanne Quinn and Luisa Cywinski in 2010

From Sue Ottignon, Research Support Librarian:

I never really paid attention to Villanova’s basketball schedule. With Jim’s arrival on campus, he introduced me to the strong basketball rivalry between Villanova’s Wildcats and St. Joseph’s Hawks.  It was from Jim I learned key phrases like, “Hawk Hill” and the “Holy War.”  Seeing Jim around brightened my day with just his simple ‘hello’ and ‘how are you’ phrases . . .  a humorous man who was conversant on many topics.

From Joanne Quinn, Team Leader for Communications and Service Promotion:

Jim never believed that I was truly a Villanova University graduate because I was unable to recite the lyrics to our Alma Mater. My response was that I spent my four years in the band playing the trombone, so I never had to actually sing the song. He would not hear of it. I guess when you’d taught high school as long as Jim did, you ate excuses like that for lunch!

Working alongside with him in Access Services, I could be up to my you-know-what in ILL requests and alligators, but hearing Jim gruffly respond “miserable as ever” each time someone asked “how ya doin’” – even from across the room – never, ever failed to make me laugh.  He also reproached me occasionally in my duties as the Falvey whiteboard artist, if I chose to honor a rock or pop star instead of the Saint of the Day – and he always knew which saint that was.  The day I drew the Phillies’ Darren Daulton instead of Thomas Paine, I received an “anonymous” Letter from the Management that “officially” demoted me. It came complete with letterhead and wax seal. True story.

On May 3, 2010, the day he retired from the library, I see that I could have drawn Bing Crosby or Golda Meir…or even the Flyers’ Ron Hextall, but I think I made a better choice…

Whiteboard art from May 3, 2010

Whiteboard art from May 3, 2010

We should all be as lucky to work with someone like this. This one’s for you, Jim:

 

Villanova, Villanova
When we leave your shelt’ring walls,
We shall leave an echo ringing
Through your treasured halls
We will leave an echo ringing
In the silent night
While our memories are singing
Of our Blue and White.
When the last big game is over
And the last roll call is heard
When the oldest pedagogue
Has had his final word
We shall come to ALMA MATER
In our dreams again
With a prayer for Villanova
And a sweet amen.
 From the Villanova Alma Mater, by Al Dubin and Joseph Burke

Article and coordination by Sue Ottignon, Research Support Librarian

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What Does Your Father Read? Roundup

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When your father used to come home from work, did he unwind with The Evening [Philadelphia] Bulletin, Sports Illustrated, or Popular Mechanics? Or did he kick back with a bestseller by David McCullough, David Bradley or Dave Barry?

Falvey Memorial Library staff members offer their responses below. How about you? What does (or did) your father read? Please contribute your father’s favorite titles/authors in our comments section.

From Darren Poley:

dune-book-coverMy Dad who was only an occasional reader liked Frank Herbert’s: Dune (1965). He encouraged me to read Ursula LeGuin‘s: The Word for World is Forest (1976).

 

 

From Sarah Wingo:

the-hobbitMy dad read J.R.R. Tolkien’s  The Hobbit and all three Lord of The Rings books to me when I was between the ages of 8-11 or 12ish. He did all of the voices and his Gollum in particular was perfect years before the movies ever came out. Having those books read to me at such a young age really influenced my imaginative aesthetic. One of my childhood friends, with whom I’m still close, called me when the movies came out to say “OH MY GOD, this is what we used to play when we were kids!! I had no idea!! And you weren’t kidding – those black rider things are terrifying!” She never read the books, but I used to always make her play Lord of The Rings with me when we were little. I’ve reread them many times since and they will always have a very special place in my heart because I shared them with my father.

Those terrifying ringwraiths

Terrifying ringwraiths

From Alice Bampton:

natgeovintagecoverMy father wasn’t much of a reader; he much preferred outdoor activities. But he had subscribed to National Geographic from early adulthood until he died. He kept every issue; they were stored in a  large bookcase and we – my sister and I – had free access to them. As a small child I enjoyed the photographs, originally in black and white and later in color  – perhaps this helped inspire my love of photography – and later I enjoyed reading the stories. My father also kept his set of the Book of Knowledge, a children’s encyclopaedia that contained all sorts of articles: biographies, science, literature, how to make things, etc. These were in the same bookcase as the National Geographics and also provided considerable entertainment on days when we couldn’t go outside to play and in the evenings. (Since we lived in the country,  television wasn’t available out there until I was in high school.)

From Susan Ottignon:

5386d250fca0708d3a6e9010.LDad served in the Army, during World War II, and I believe this major event led to him to be become a voracious reader on the subject of the Third Reich and its major players.  I especially remember him reading Albert Speer’s Spandau : the Secret Diaries and The House on Garibaldi Street : the First Full Account of the Capture of Adolf Eichmann as well as many of the works on Adolf Hitler.  Dad was an avid collector of all 39 volumes of the Time-Life’s series, World War II, and when each volume arrived, he read them cover to cover.

From Joanne Quinn:

mYn3WKOZOOIGVZ1zS0TDheQ-1My dad had the same pile of reading material sitting on the old metal tray table next to his La-Z-Boy for years…I always suspected it was mostly untouched. There was something there called The Golfer’s Trilogy, a slim three volume set that was written by some combination of Jack, Arnie or Sam, and fitted into a glossy cardboard sleeve. I think it came free with the subscription to Golf Digest or whatever other golf magazines were stacked there as well. He also hung onto the issue of Sports Illustrated with Steve Carlton on the cover long past its shelf life. That was 30 years ago, but he still has a recliner and a tray table and a pile of stuff that also doesn’t seem to change all that often: Remembering Harry Kalas. A pile of Ireland of the Welcomes, a subscription sent and renewed for him year each by a distant cousin. But it’s his love of the paper, the daily paper, that pushes his time spent reading into the stratosphere. Though he and my mom moved to Ocean CIty, N.J., almost 20 years ago, he still picks up the Delaware County Daily Times every single day. He also enjoys the Ocean City Sentinel & Inquirer as well. He’ll tell you it’s because he likes the puzzles – and, with an elbow, wants to double check that he’s not listed in the obits.

From Kimberley Bugg:

autobiography-malcolm-x-alex-haley-paperback-cover-artWhen I was around 11 or 12 years old, I either ran out of or lost interest in the Judy Blume and Baby-Sitters’ Club books that I loved to read so I began to search my house for other reading materials. In my father’s closet, I found a trunk of new and more exciting things to read including Donald Goines novels, Women, Culture, and Politics by Angela Davis, and this this gem of a book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X. To this day this it is one of the most profound literary works I think I have ever read. It was brazen, bold, and political. I loved it. I also enjoyed Angela Davis’s book too. The discovery of these works not only matured me as a person but evolved my scope of interest and reading selection.  Now that I am reflecting, sneaking in my father’s closet to read that biography has shaped some of the things I am most passionate about in my life.


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Susan Markley retires after 35 years service to the library

Susan-edited1Falvey Memorial Library lost one of its most valuable and devoted librarians with the retirement of Susan Markley on May 30th after 35 years of service to the university. Serving most recently as the head of the Resource Management Team, Susan also worked on the Nursing Liaison Team teaching library skills to returning graduate students.

Susan started at Villanova University in May 1979. She worked as the part-time Government Documents Librarian in the Technical Services Department until asked by the Library Director to assume the position of Head of Periodicals, a position she held for the next 27 years. Susan saw many changes during these years and recalled, “When I took over the management of the Periodical Department, the Library subscribed to approximately 3,000 print journals. Today we have subscriptions and access to well over 10,000 mostly electronic journal titles.” In 2007, when the Periodical Department and Technical Services merged, Susan became the team leader for the newly created Resource Management Team, currently located on the lower level of the Library.

At her retirement party, Susan reminisced about the library of the 1970s. She said, “In 1979, the Library had only one reference librarian and offered no instruction classes. The cataloging/acquisition department had eight librarians, with another one in Interlibrary Loan, one at Circulation and one in Instructional Media. There was only one male librarian on staff. The Library had only two computers, both in Tech Services, and those librarians had to sign up for one hour time slots in order to use them.  Patrons located materials by using the card catalog and blue binders listing the holdings of every journal in the collection. Both women and men dressed for the job and staff members in offices were permitted to smoke at their desks.”

Susan noted that her biggest challenge was converting the print journal collection to electronic format, tracking database payments, learning to deal with vendors, both domestic and foreign, and maintaining access to a growing print and electronic collection. However, her greatest pleasure was working closely with the various librarians and library staff.

As part of her professional development activities, she was active in numerous local, state and national library organizations, including serving as treasurer for the Tri-State College Library Cooperative, secretary for the Association of College & Research Libraries, Delaware Valley Chapter, and as a board member of the College & Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Susan is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She earned a B.A. in History from Boston University, a M.S. in Library Science from Drexel University and a M.S. in Liberal Studies from Villanova University. Before coming to Villanova, she was a librarian for the American Law Institute. She plans to continue spending time as a volunteer for the Women’s Resource Center in Wayne and to participate more in local politics. A long-time supporter of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Susan also plans to attend more of their special concerts and lectures. A world traveler, she and her husband, Tom, will be returning to Russia and the Baltic countries this summer and either Japan or India in 2015.


Article by Laura Hutelmyer, photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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Photo Essay: Alumni Reunion at the Library

The campus and the library have changed over the years and so have the students. We hope you enjoy this retrospective of campus spaces and faces! Welcome home, Villanova University alumni!

Old College Steps Students

Students on steps of the old College building (now Alumni Hall) in the 1880s. (Photo courtesy of Villanova University Archives.)

 

Old Villanova College Library Depression Era

Students perusing magazines and newspapers in the Depression-era library once housed in Austin Hall. (Photo courtesy of Villanova University Archives.)

 

Reading Room known as Reference room 1964

Students using the Reference Room in Falvey Hall made good use of the real estate at large study tables in 1964. (Photo courtesy of Villanova University Archives.)

 

JQ graduation photo 1984

Joanne Quinn (far left), Falvey Memorial Library’s Communication team leader, and her now husband, Jeff Quinn (far right), are the “bookends” for this 1984 graduation photo with their friends (from left to right), Nancy Alberici, Len LaBarth, and Jim DeLorenzo. (Photo courtesy of Joanne Quinn, ’84.)

 

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One of the student teams, comprised of graduating seniors and honored as Falvey Scholars in 2009, included Jennie Kotschneff (back, second left), and her team members (front, l. to r.) Kristina Salcedo, Christine Matula, Patricia Abel, (back, l. to r.) Melissa Kay, Meghan Dwyer and Sarah Galvanek (College of Nursing); and their mentor: Marcia Costello, Ph.D., R.D.. Their project was titled “A Population Assessment of Chulucanas, Peru.” (Read more about the Falvey Scholars program on the library blog.)

 

Falvey recent grads 2014

Most of the students in this photo from the Falvey Memorial Library Student Employee Appreciation reception graduated in 2014. We miss them already! (Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with library happenings!)

 


Photo essay by Luisa Cywinski, editorial coordinator on the Communication & Service Promotion Team and team leader of Access Services.

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Reunion Weekend FAQs: Falvey Alumni Questions

WILDCAT QUESTION MARK2Other than where are the restrooms (through the lounge doors, to your left) and when is Holy Grounds open (a bit trickier during summer months – check their website), here are the questions most often asked by visiting alumni!

Am I able to look at past issues of The Villanovan?

Yes! The collected issues of the Villanovan and the Villanova Monthly are available here. Issues are fully searchable from the Library Catalog and are in pdf format for easy reading, printing and downloading.

Search the fulltext in the Digital Library search box or in the library Search tab.  Selected content is available to the Villanova Community members from 1995-current in the Lexis-Nexis database.

Print copies of articles published since 1995 can be requested at the front desk.  When requesting an issue, please use the call number LD4834 .S75V (Garey Hall).

Falvey has an index, in excel format, to assist in finding specific articles published in the Villanovan from 1992 through 2006.

 

Can I look at old Belle Air yearbooks?

Yes! These are not digitized, but the library does has paper format only of the yearbooks available for browsing during library hours. Check our home page for hours – which do often vary during this time of year.

Here is the following information on the title and holdings:

Title: Belle-air. Publisher: [Villanova, Pa. : Villanova College, 1922- . Call Number: LD4834 .S75

Available Volume  Holdings: 1922, 1924-1941, 1943-2004, 2006- to present. Ask at Circulation for the specific volume.

 

Am I still entitled to use the library as an alumni?

Yes! VU alumni are eligible for a free courtesy membership that allows borrowing privileges and on-site access to most of our online databases. To apply, simply come to the Falvey circulation desk with a photo ID.  Check out the  ‘Alumni — Courtesy Membership’ and ‘Courtesy Member Borrowing’ pages for more information:

Villanova Alumni and Residents of Radnor or Lower Merion townships may apply annually for borrowing privileges and on site access to subscription databases. There is no membership fee for these privileges.

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Are you on social media?

Yes! We are on social media! Follow both the main library and the digital library on a wide selection of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, GoodReads, Google+ and Pinterest! Or, get a great sampling of all of them on our new Rebelmouse account.

 

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Foto Friday: Alumni weekend (minus one).

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This past week the library staff mourned the loss of a long time co-worker and devoted Villanova University alumni. Rest in Peace, Jim Fox, we will never forget you.

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Publications Team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management

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“One Book Villanova” Turns Ten

1398353001099The One Book Villanova Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year!  In honor of this landmark occasion, the One Book Villanova committee has proudly announced the 2014-2015 book selection early: The Other Wes Moore by author Wes Moore. WESMOREThe book follows the lives of two young men who are about the same age, live in the same city and who also share the same name. Despite their many striking similarities, the young men’s lives take very different paths: one Wes grows up to be a scholar, war veteran, White House aide and prominent business leader while the other Wes becomes a convicted criminal serving a life sentence for allegedly committing murder. The Other Wes Moore leads the reader to contemplate how these two people turned out so differently despite some of their remarkably similar circumstances growing up in poverty-stricken Baltimore.

Throughout the past ten years, the Villanova One Book selections have varied greatly in topic and theme and have led readers through many diverse cultural settings and landscapes.
Good Kings Bad Kings took us to Chicago and showed us the harsh realities of institutional life for adolescents with disabilities.
Little Princes
exposed the human trafficking issues that orphaned children face in Nepal.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
described for us what the Japanese Internment camps were like for families during WWII.
The Unforgiving Minute placed us in the shoes of a West Point educated soldier as he led his platoon through the savagery and uncertainty of combat in Afghanistan.
Rooftops of Tehran described life in Iran under its oppressive regime.
- In The Glass Castle, we learned what it was like for the author to grow up homeless with highly dysfunctional parents.
Left to Tell poignantly described one woman’s experience surviving the Rwandan genocide.
- In Blood Done Sign My Name, we witnessed the civil rights struggle in the American south.
- In The Kite Runner, our very first One Book selection in 2004-2005, we traveled to both Afghanistan and America and experienced the harsh Taliban takeover of the country and felt the hardships of immigration.
Each of these book selections has helped to strengthen the ties of the Villanova Community and has also forced us to confront the sometimes harsh realities of human nature. The One Book Villanova Committee hopes to continue this tradition with the tenth anniversary One Book Villanova selection, The Other Wes Moore.

ONE-BOOKSAll rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors have received a copy of the 2014-2015 One Book Villanova selection in early May, and all incoming freshmen will be mailed a copy of the book over the summer. In addition, the One Book Villanova Committee has decided to change the format and timing of the program. The author’s visit will occur on Thursday, September 25, as part of the St. Thomas of Villanova weekend festivities. The entire Villanova Community is encouraged the read The Other Wes Moore over the summer in preparation for the author’s visit in early fall! Those students, staff and faculty who were not able to pick up a copy of the book in early May should visit the Office of Student Development (Room 214/217 Dougherty Hall), the Office for Multicultural Affairs (Room 102 Dougherty Hall), or Falvey Memorial Library anytime during normal business hours to receive a book. For students, the book is free of charge and for faculty and staff the cost is $6 per book.

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

The One Book Committee is also in the midst of planning a series of topical programs throughout the academic year in support of the 2014-2015 book selection and to promote the tenth anniversary of the program.

More information about the author’s visit and One Book Villanova tenth anniversary programming can be found on the One Book website.


News From Falvey Winter 2008 - Gina McFaddenArticle by Regina Duffy, writer for the Communication and Service Promotion team and library events and program coordinator for the Scholarly Outreach team.

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Dig Deeper: About the artist Pietro da Cortona

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Imagine this: Your organization discovers that a painting long displayed in your building could be a valuable work by a major seventeenth-century painter. This rare find gains national attention; it’s worthy of conserving. You want your organization’s communications team to explain this painting’s significance and to provide updates on its conservation. Now, imagine your good fortune that a writer for that team is a librarian who specializes in art history.

We don’t have to imagine.

Alice Bampton, visuals specialist and senior writer for Falvey’s Communication and Service Promotion team, has been an adjunct instructor of art history in Villanova’s Department of History. She has taught art history survey, ancient, medieval, the Renaissance and history of photography courses. Bampton, through words and photos, has been documenting the conservation process and explaining the history of Pietro da Cortona’s “Triumph of David.” In this latest installment, Bampton provides a research librarian’s curated links to the painting’s mysterious artist: Pietro da Cortona.


While Pietro da Cortona (1596 – 1669), the artist to whom Falvey’s “The Triumph of David” is attributed, is an acknowledged major painter and architect of the Baroque, surprisingly few monographs about him exist, even in Italian. What follows is an annotated bibliography of works held in Falvey plus an e-book available through Hathitrust.org. The most accessible information for those who do not read Italian is in the following two works:

Turner, Jane, editor. The Dictionary of Art, 7. New York: Grove Dictionaries, Inc., 1996. “Cortona, Pietro da,” pp. 905-915. N31.D5 1996, Reference – non circulating.

Zirpolo, Lilian H. Historical Dictionary of Baroque Art and Architecture. Lanham, Md., The Scarecrow Press, 2010. “Berretini da Cortona, Pietro,” pp. 93-95. N6415.B3 Z57 2010

Comprehensive works about Cortona (with my translations of the titles) are listed below:

Benocci, Carla. Pietro da Cortona e la Villa di Castel Fusano dai Sacchetti ai Chigi: Architettura, Pittura, Giardini, Paesaggio. [Pietro da Cortona and the Villa of the Sacchetti and Chigi (Families) at Castel Fusano: Architecture, Paintings, Gardens, Views.] Roma: Editoriale Artemide s.r.l., 2012. NA1123.P53 B46 2012 — Provides a comprehensive study of the “birth of the Baroque” in an “original architectural complex by Pietro Berrettini da Cortona.” (Petrucci, p.73). Covers the villa through the nineteenth century. Thoroughly illustrated.

Briganti, Guiliano. Pietro da Cortona: o della pittura barocca. [Pietro da Cortona: Or of Baroque Painting.] Firenze: G. C. Sansoni editore, 1962. ND623.B45 B7 — Includes a chronology of Cortona’s life with references to supporting documents. Also contains a catalogue raisonnè which identifies 152 paintings and a draft for a catalog of drawings. (A catalogue raisonnè is “a descriptive catalog of works of art with explanations and scholarly comments.” oxforddictionaries.com). Falvey’s painting is not listed in the catalogue raisonnè. This is the standard monograph for Cortona.

Campbell, Malcolm. Pietro da Cortona at the Pitti Palace: A Study of the Planetary Rooms and Related Projects. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977. ND623.P56 C35 — Specific to the Pitti Palace frescoes. Black and white illustrations.

Constantine the Great: The Tapestries – The Designs. N.p.: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1964. NK3055.A1 P47 — Exhibition catalogue of the Constantine tapestries from the Barberini Palace, Rome, donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tapestries were designed by Peter Paul Rubens and Pietro da Cortona. Almost no information about Cortona.

Contini, Roberto, editor. Pietro da Cortona per la sua terra: da allievo a maestro. [Pietro da Cortona in his world: from apprentice to master.] Milano: Electa, 1997. ND619.T9 P45 1997 — Exhibition catalog for 1997 exhibit in Cortona. Numerous black and white illustrations, some color illustrations.

Dubon, David. Tapestries from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. N.p.: Phaidon Press, 1964. NK3055.A1 P5 — Includes a small amount of information about Cortona’s personal style, designs for five panels of the Constantine tapestries and six sketches reproduced in black and white.

Fabbrini, Narciso. Vite del Cav. Pietro Berrettini da Cortona: Pittore ed Architetto. [Life of the Cavalier Pietro Berrettini da Cortona: Painter and Architect.] Cortona: Tipografia R. Bimbi & F., 1896. — Available as an e-book. Written at the tricentennial of Cortona’s birth. A comprehensive work, but without illustrations. Fabbrini includes a Berrettini family tree and Pietro da Cortona’s first will plus an addition he made near the time of his death. This is still considered an essential reference for Cortona.

Haskell, Francis. Patrons and Painters: A Study in the Relations between Italian Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1980. (1st edition 1963) — Not specific to Cortona, but an excellent overview of the relationships between artists, Cortona among them, and their patrons. N6916.H37 1980

Lo Bianco, Anna, editor. Pietro da Cortona 1597-1669. Milano: Electra, 1997. N6923.P458 A4 1997 — Exhibition catalog for 1997-1998 exhibition in Rome. Well illustrated in color and black and white. Text in Italian.

Lo Bianco, Anna. Translated by Oona Smyth. Pietro da Cortona’s Ceiling. Rome: Gebart s.r.l., 2004 (2006 reprint). ND623.P56 L6313 2004 — This pamphlet focuses on the ceiling fresco painted in the Gran Salone of the Palazzo Barberini, Rome. Color illustrations with numerous details.

Merz, Jörg Martin. Pietro da Cortona and Roman Baroque Architecture. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008. NA1123.C647 B58 2008 — As title states, the focus is on architecture and the frescoes used to decorate the buildings. Well illustrated.

Prosperi Valenti Rodináo, Simonetta, editor. Pietro da Cortona, il meccanismo della forma: Richerche sulla technical pittorica. (Pietro da Cortona, the Mechanisms of Form: Research on Pictorial Techniques). Milano: Electra, 1997. NC257.P46 A4 1997 — Well illustrated, numerous drawings reproduced.

Tiberia, Vitaliano. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, Agostino Ciampelli in Santa Bibiana a Roma – I restauri. (Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, Agostino Ciampelli in Santa Bibiana in Rome – The restorations.) Todi: Ediart editrice di Leonilde Dominici, 2000. ND2357.R6 T53 2000 — Covers the works of all three artists. Features a chapter on Pietro da Cortona’s works in the church of Sta. Bibiana. Good illustrations showing before and after the restorations of the frescoes by Cortona and Ciampelli (Bernini was an architect and sculptor who created no paintings in this church).


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

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Dig Deeper: Remembering Maya Angelou

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Whenever a public figure passes away, I can expect that for the next few days my social media will be abuzz with articles, remembrances and general mentions of said person. So it has come as no surprise that since Maya Angelou’s death on Thursday May 28 my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr feeds, as well as many other websites and blogs that I frequent, have been brimming with content on the life, works and death of Angelou. However, as I have scrolled through the many posts and tweets in response to Angelou’s life and death over the past few days I have been struck by the genuine outpouring of emotions people are expressing. It felt somehow unique, somehow more personal than the usual “rest in peace” and “they will be missed” messages I usually see.

I was particularly moved by a Facebook post by a good friend of mine who teaches high school English who posted late in the day on the 28th long after all of the initial posts of surprise and sadness had flooded my news feed, she said:

“I spent some time today thinking about what I love so much about Maya Angelou, and I’ve decided it’s the fact that she made me feel powerful, in all the positive connotations of that word.”

Go to Angelou’s Wikipedia page or any site detailing her biography and you can learn that “she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies and television shows spanning more than 50 years” (Wikipedia). And Angelou’s resume was as varied and interesting as her writing. In her lifetime she was a poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, television producer, playwright, film director, author, actress and professor, just to name a few of the occupations she held in her 86 years of life.

But put all of that aside; remove the titles, labels, accomplishments and honors, and consider a simple sentence: “She made others feel powerful.”

It’s hard to think of a better epitaph for a woman who once said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Dig Deeper: Maya Angelou

If you’re interested in learning more about Maya Angelou, we have some resources to recommend:

Books in our catalog written by Maya Angelou

Books about Maya Angelou and critical companions to her works:

 

Maya Angelou’s official website (pretty bogged down right now, may not open due to heavy traffic)

 

Dictionary of Literary Biography (Available through Databases A-Z) has the following entry on Maya Angelou:

Maya Angelou (4 April 1928-). Lynn Z. Bloom

Afro-American Writers After 1955: Dramatists and Prose Writers. Ed. Thadious M. Davis and Trudier Harris-Lopez. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 38. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. p3-12.

 

JStor:

Remembering Maya Angelou: a 1977 interview in The Black Scholar.

 

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SarahArticle by Sarah Wingo, team leader- Humanities II, subject librarian for English, literature and theatre.

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Last Modified: May 30, 2014