This is a North West Chapter Event
Citizen of Rome, Art Historian, and Lecturer, Elizabeth Lev, traveled to Seattle August 25, 2015 to share her considerable insights on the founding and significance of the Vatican Art Museums. Ms. Lev’s topic, “Of Fig Leaves and Frescoes,” covered the founding of the Vatican Art Museum by Pope Julius II (Giuliano della Rovere, 1503-1513), fund-raising by Pius VI (Giovanni Angelo Braschi 1775-1799), who cleverly started a Papal Lottery, the growth of public popularity, lead by Pope Pius XI, (Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, 1922-1939), through to the present day’s huge crowds. In her humorous as well as informative style, as those of you who have enjoyed her tours in Rome will recognize, she referred to them as, “The Visionary, The Money Man and the PR Guru.”
A group of over 80 members and potential members joined us at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle to hear Dr. Elizabeth Lev.
– photos by Coty Yodoff
Generous underwriters of the the event gather for an elegant pre-lecture luncheon on the sunny shores of Lake Washington.
– photo Bob James
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