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Scarlet Speakers from the Heart of New Brunswick with Professor Corey Brennan

Inside the “world’s most expensive home”: A Decade of Rutgers Research at the Villa Aurora in Rome

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On 18 January 2022 the historic Villa Aurora in Rome—for precisely 400 years the home of the papal Boncompagni Ludovisi family—will go on auction with an asking price of $532 million dollars. Called by one leading art historian a “sort of seventeenth-century Sistine Chapel”, the Villa Aurora boasts famous mural art by more than a dozen major artists, including a unique 1597 ceiling painting by Caravaggio.

In this richly illustrated talk, Professor Corey Brennan will discuss this landmark sale and his decade of discoveries inside the Villa, made with over two dozen Rutgers undergraduate students, all in collaboration with the home’s owners, HSH Prince Nicolò and HSH Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi.


Thursday, January 20, 2022

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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