Lecture, reception and symposium planned for "Timeless Renaissance"

Willamette University art history professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos will hold a lecture and symposium in conjunction with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s “Timeless Renaissance” exhibition, a brilliant representation of Italian artistic and cultural heritage on display through Nov. 6, 2011.

Lecture and Reception – Sept. 9

Friday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall in Willamette’s College of Law, De Mambro Santos will give an illustrated lecture about Count Allessandro Maggiori, the collector of the works within “Timeless Renaissance.”

The collection was only recently rediscovered in the town of Monte San Giusto and has never been exhibited outside of Italy. It represents Maggiori’s effort to preserve Italian culture by saving some of its Renaissance-style artworks during the Napoleonic occupation of Italy.

See related video and image galleries at the museum's website.

A preview reception will follow from 6-8 p.m. at the museum. Admission to both events is free; please RSVP by telephone for the museum reception, (503) 370-6855.

Symposium – Sept. 24

Also in conjunction with “Timeless Renaissance,” Willamette University will host a free art history symposium focused on European art collectors from 1500-1800. “Lines of Attention” takes place Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Paulus Lecture Hall.

The public is welcome to join some of the foremost U.S. Renaissance and Baroque art historians as they discuss the history of drawing collectors, including the Italian painter and writer Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), the Dutch painter and biographer Karel van Mander (1548-1606), the French collector and connoisseur Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774), the French architect and designer Charles Percier (1764-1838), and the Dutch merchant and diplomat Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest (1739-1801).

For more information about the symposium and related events, call 503-370-6136, or visit the museum’s website,