Photo Credit: Cecil Beaton, London, 1904 - 1980

The Acton-Mitchell Family at Villa La Pietra: Writing, Collecting, and Gardening

14 April 2021 – 18:00 – British Institute of Florence

Virtual Wednesday Lecture, on Zoom

by Larry Wolff, Perri Klass, Francesca Baldry, and Nick Dakin-Elliot

Villa La Pietra, the fabulous villa in the hills overlooking Florence was owned by the Capponi family for three hundred years until it was inhabited by Arthur Acton and his American wife Hortense Mitchell in 1903.  Since then it has developed as an important centre for Anglo-American-Florentine intellectual life, art collecting, and horticultural design.  The team from New York University, which established its Florence programme in the Villa 20 years ago, tell us the story of this special place.

The lecture is presented by:

Larry Wolff and Larri Klass, Co-Directors, NYU Florence at Villa La Pietra

Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager, Villa La Pietra

Nicholas Dakin-Elliot, Horticultural Associate, Villa La Pietra


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