PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 300th ANNIVERSARY YEAR 2016
New discoveries, above and below
ground, at the Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome:
a lecture by Nicholas Stanley-Price and Pier Matteo Barone at
University of Rome
For 300 years (1716-2016) non-Catholic foreigners who died in Rome
have been buried in their own cemetery in front of the Pyramid of
Caius Cestius. The Old Cemetery, in use mainly from 1716 to 1822,
contains some 60 dated gravestones from that period; but there were
other people buried there whose graves either had no gravestone or
were later destroyed. In 2015 a Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey
of the Old Cemetery aimed to identify unmarked graves and other sub-surface
features that might affect management of the area. Pier Matteo Barone
will present preliminary results of the survey. Of the 60 dated gravestones,
about one quarter can be identified with young men who were probably
in Rome on a Grand Tour when they died. The accounts of 19th century
visitors to the Cemetery showed little interest in these graves;
but in fact they reveal much about the realities of the Grand Tour
and the history of foreigners in Rome. See https://www.aur.edu/blog/myevents/recent-research-from-the-non-catholic-cemetery/ for
Lecture at the American University of Rome: Thursday 24 March
Exhibition of artworks inspired by John Keats by Claudia
Piscitelli. The exhibition will coincide with a similar
one by the artist at West Hampstead Library situated near the Keats
House in London.
Garden Room of the Cemetery – The exhibition can be visited
during Cemetery opening hours from Thursday 21 April to Wednesday
15 June. See http://www.cemeteryrome.it/visit/visit.html for
Opening of exhibition: Thursday 21 April 6.00 – 7.30 pm.
No entry charge but a donation of at least €3 is much welcome.
Presentation of the book “Irish
Vittorio and Roswitha Di Martino (Arbor Sapientiae Editore). The
Irish Ambassador will be present.
Garden Room of the Cemetery: Saturday 14 May 10.00.
Entrance is free but a donation for the upkeep of the Cemetery
is always welcome.
Theatrical performance “Readings
from the Rome scenes and other parts of George Eliot’s Middlemarch” selected
by Mark Irvine, performed by Rory Stuart, Janet Hague, Rosie
Hillesley, Michael Fitzpatrick, Jim McManus and Shelagh Stuchbery.
The event will be in English.
The English Victorian novelist Marian Evans, who used the male
pen-name George Eliot so she would be “taken more seriously” by
the reading public of the time visited the Cemetery with her partner
the biographer of Goethe George Henry Lewes in April 1860. Eliot
and Lewes’s relationship caused a sensation in English society
at the time because Lewes was married to another woman. Mark Irvine
has put together another scintillating collection of readings by
and about these two fascinating individuals that will both inform
Cemetery Chapel: Thursday 23 June at 6.00 pm.
For free tickets (donations for the upkeep of the Cemetery are
welcome) send names to firstname.lastname@example.org and invitations for
the first 80 seats will follow.
“At the foot of the Pyramid – 300 years of
the Cemetery for Foreigners in Rome” an exhibition
of historical images of the Cemetery by artists such as Turner,
Corrodi, Pinelli and Munch.
At the Casa di Goethe in Via del Corso, Rome:
Thursday 22 September to Sunday 13 November.
Opening of the exhibition at the Casa di Goethe Thursday 22 September.
Time to be confirmed.
See Cemetery website nearer the time for further information: http://www.cemeteryrome.it/2016celebration/celebration.html