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Event Details

Mon, October 16, 2023

18:00 – 19:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, Italy

A case study on the use of the Acton Photograph Archive, with the presentation of the online exhibition:

The travel experience and the construction of the garden: research in the photograph and book collections of Villa La Pietra

by Francesca Baldry and Lorenzo Fecchio


The exhibition narrates in six sections the garden of the Mitchell Acton family: from its conception to its design, use and fortune, as if on a journey through places and times. Thanks to the variety and integrity of the photographic and library heritage preserved inside the Villa, enhanced in recent years through the digitisation project, the exhibition illustrates the evolution of the ‘Italian’ garden, conceived by Hortense Mitchell and Arthur Acton starting since 1903, when they moved to Villa La Pietra. 

Speakers: Scott Palmer, Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Digital Initiatives and NYU Lecturer; the exhibition curators  Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager Villa La Pietra NYU Florence e Lorenzo Fecchio, Researcher at the Università per Stranieri di Siena; Anna Kraczyna,  University Lecturer and Translator.

For those who are interested, a garden tour will also be organized before the event, at 4:30 PM. Please indicate in the RSVP if you are interested in attending the tour as well.


In collaboration with  Hortense Mitchell Acton