Museum Meetings consist of a series of conversations dedicated to various aspects of art and museums, including art history, photography, anthropology, collecting, curation, techniques and media, conservation, and the role of museums and archives in society today. It originates in the Acton Collection at Villa La Pietra and expands to other art spaces in Florence and Italy. It is designed to attract a multidisciplinary group of NYU Florence students, not just those studying art or art history. All the meetings are conceived as discussions and envisage an active participation. Francesca Baldry, Collection Manager at Villa La Pietra, organizes the meetings and welcomes suggestions from students.

Monday, September 5 – 1:30 – 2:45 pm (Villa La Pietra)
From the Acton Home to NYU House Museum
Guided tour of the Collection, including a group of Fourteenth Century works of art on a special display.

Monday, September 12 – 1:30 to 2:45 pm (Villa La Pietra)
An Eclectic and Diverse Collection
Guided tour with discussion.

September 22 – October 21 (Villa La Pietra)
The Acton Family and Photography
Temporary exhibit in the Salone of Villa La Pietra with a selection of photographs from the Acton Photo Archive.

Tuesday, September 27 – 6:00 pm (Villa Sassetti)
Fragments of Paradise – Gardens over time at the Royal Palace of Caserta
Presentation of the Reggia di Caserta exhibition (July 1 – November 5, 2022) and conversation between the curator, Alberta Campitelli, Nick Dakin Elliot (Horticultural Associate), and Francesca Baldry (other speakers tba).

Friday-Saturday, October 7 and 8 – (Reggia di Caserta, Naples)
Fragments of Paradise – Gardens over time at the Royal Palace of Caserta  
Field trip open to all NYU Students, accompanied by Francesca Baldry and Nick Dakin Elliot, in collaboration with the Office of Student Life. The trip will include other site visits, program tba.

Friday, October 14 – 11:00 AM (Villa La Pietra)
Meet the Conservators  
House Museums and Conservation: What is the approach at Villa La Pietra?  Meet Claudia Beyer, Costanza Perrone, Francesca Spagnoli in the Conservation Studio to find out about past and ongoing Villa Projects and to discover more about this fascinating field. Followed by a light lunch.

Monday, October 24, from 12:00 to 1:15 pm (Villa La Pietra and the Garden)
Sublimity, Nature, and Power
A tour in the collection, searching for the different kinds of wildlife, plants, and gardens’ representation.

Monday, November 7, from 11:45 am to 2:30 pm (Il Palmerino)
Il Palmerino
Guided visit by Federica Angeli Parretti, owner of this Renaissance villa whose family of painters and restorers have lived in since 1935, and which was also previously owned by the famous writer Vernon Lee.

Wednesday, November 9, from 12:00 to 1:15 pm (Villa La Pietra)
Recording Technologies – From Analog to Digital
With Scott Palmer and Enrico Buonincontro

Friday, November 18, from 10:00 am to 12:00 p, (Downtown Florence)
Contemporary Women Artists in the Levett Collection
Guided visit to the private collection with the owner.

Monday, November 21 – from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm (Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence)
Cappella dei Magi
Guided visit


(Link to the PDF version of the program)