David Giese: Excavations at the Villa Bitricci

September 1 – October 27, 2001

In the early 1980s, while traveling in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, Professor David Giese discovered the remains of a fabulous country house/estate in the foothills of the Italian Alps. Based on archaeological, epigraphic, and literary evidence, Giese believes the house to be the longest continuously inhabited private residence in Europe, dating back to the 3rd century AD. The exhibition will feature a range of frescos and architectural fragments that the artist "claims" to have excavated at the site.Professor Giese will present a lecture, "The Pleasure of Ruins," at 5:00 p.m. on August 31 in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall.

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