Tuesday, November 9, 2021

CCR Talks: The Caves of the Oppian Hill and the Discovery of the “Grotesque” - December 7, 2021

The great palace of Emperor Nero with its amazing wall and ceiling paintings was abandoned and purposely buried after the Emperor’s death in 68 AD. Despite this attempt at obliteration, the frescoes miraculously survived and were rediscovered by accident in the late 15th century. The unearthing of these paintings contributed to an artistic revolution never before seen in Western art. This lecture, the first this season, will look at the artists, aristocrats, and adventurers who first crawled into the “grotte” (or “caves”) beneath the Oppian Hill and drew inspiration from what they saw as well as sharing the bizarre legends and stories that swirled around the discovery of this mysterious underground world.

When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. (lecture duration is approx. 75 minutes)
Meeting Place: on Zoom
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Joe by Saturday, December 4, 2021. You are financially responsible for your reservation.