Online lecture Thursday 20 January 22 discusses historic auction of Villa Aurora in Rome, recent research

HSH Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi and HSH Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi on the northwest terrace of the Villa Aurora in Rome in 2009. With her husband, Princess Rita personally restored the Villa, and for the first time opened the home to visitors and also to scholarly collaboration, especially with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Above is the video of the talk, by the ADBL editor. And here’s the blurb:

Inside the “world’s most expensive home”: A Decade of Rutgers Research at the Villa Aurora in Rome. Presentation by T. Corey Brennan, Professor of Classics, Rutgers

A virtual presentation, open to the public: 20 January 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST. 

The Villa Aurora in Rome—for precisely 400 years the home of the papal Boncompagni Ludovisi family—will go on auction this month with an asking price of $532 million dollars. Called by one leading art historian a “sort of seventeenth-century Sistine Chapel”, the Villa Aurora boasts famous mural art by more than a dozen major artists, including a unique 1597 ceiling painting by Caravaggio. In this richly illustrated talk, Professor Corey Brennan will discuss this landmark sale, his decade-long collaboration with the owners—†HSH Prince Nicolò and HSH Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi—and the discoveries inside the Villa made with over two dozen Rutgers undergraduate students.

RESEARCH PROJECT WEBSITES [main; most articles are by Rutgers undergraduate students in its School of Arts and Sciences ] [latest news]
[Archivio Boncompagni Ludovisi partner site with Google Arts & Culture] [project YouTube channel]

SCHOLARLY ARTICLE ON SALE: [Raffaella Morselli of University of Teramo]


FORBES article (and video) on auction of Villa Aurora:

NPR ARTICLE ON VILLA AURORA SALE:,Rome’s%2016th%20century%20Villa%20Aurora%20to%20hit%20auction%20block%20at,starting%20price%20of%20%24534%20million


Thursday, 20 January 2022
12:00-1:00pm EST

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All registrants will receive a link to join our Zoom Webinar.

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