Art in the Evening Lecture & Reception
Jewels of Scandal and Desire: British Jewelry Collections and Country Houses
Speaker: Curt DiCamillo, Architectural Historian
$35 per member; $45 per nonmember.
Shimmering, captivating, and corrupting, great jewels have dazzled people for millennia. Their beauty and value have produced respect, deception, love, and betrayal. Whether an enormous diamond, a jewel-encrusted heraldic pin or an Order of the Garter star, thelanguage of jewels subtly and sometimes ostentatiously coveys a statement of power, position and wealth. This lecture will explore how the eighteenth and nineteenth century British ruling classes, modeling themselves on the ancient Roman Empire, used jewelry to reinforce their positions in society and awe their peers.
Curt DiCamillo is an architectural historian and authority on the British country house. He has written and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the subject. Since 1999, he has maintained an award-winning database on the web, The DiCamillo Companion to British and Irish Country Houses, which seeks to document every English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish country house ever built, standing or demolished. DiCamillo served as Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA for eight years. Previously he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In recognition of his work, he was presented to the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and to the Prince of Wales.
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