PAVM Lecture Series: Conferences on Art and Architecture

Our Board has begun preparations on what we hope will be a full slate of highly enjoyable educational events for our members and supporters in 2022 We plan to kick-off 2022 with our Conferences on Art and Architecture.

All webinars start promptly at 2:30pm.

This series of four virtual lectures from renowned scholars will include:

January 22 | The Power of Otium: The Architectural Design of the Secret Garden and its Urban Implications as Means of Political Dominance during Paul II’s Papacy (1464-1471)

Presented by Sara Bova, Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urbanism from The Università Iuav di Venezia.  Columbia University, Italian Academy Fellow, Spring 2022.

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February 19 | Between quarrels and sculpture: the Trevi Fountain

Presented by Camilla Parisi, Ph.D. in History of Art from The Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

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March 05 - Maps in the Vatican Palace: Carthography, Power and Representation in the Renaissance

Presented by Valentina Balzarotti, Ph.D. in History of Art from The University of Roma Tre.

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March 26 - Art and Triumphalism: The Sumptuous Sala Regia in the Vatican (1537 ca. - 1573). Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting as Instruments of the Papal Propaganda

Presented by Serena Quagliaroli, Ph.D. in History of Art from The Sapienza - University of Rome.

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The cost to participate in a lecture is $15 for PAVM members and $30 for non-members. We will be discounting the price for anyone who enrolls in all four lectures to $10/$25.

We are extremely excited to bring you these engaging, interactive presentations that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. As always, we thank you for your generous support.

Presenter Bios

Valentina Balzarotti

Valentina Balzarotti received her M.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Bologna in 2012. She was fellow at the Longhi Foundation from fall 2013 to summer 2014 and in 2015 she obtained her High Specialization Diploma in Historical-Artistic Heritage from the University of Florence. In 2016 she collaborated with the Polo Museale delle Marche and in the autumn of the same year she became Ph.D. candidate at the University of Roma Tre with a dissertation on the Bolognese painter Lorenzo Sabatini, defended in April 2020. Her interests range from the artistic culture of the Mannerist and Counter-Reformation to the setting-up of sacred spaces in the modern age, from the relationship between painting and architecture to artistic interaction and the use of different media in 16th-century decorative sites. Since May 2020 she has become postdoctoral fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana with a project entitled Dalla Galleria delle Carte Geografiche all’Italia di Giovanni Antonio Magini: persistence, recurrence and reworking of Flavio Biondo's model in the cartographic and textual production between the papacy of Gregory XIII to the one of Clement VIII, which investigates the evolution of the historical space of Italy in texts and maps from the related literary and artistic production of the Gregorian period (1572-1585) to Giovanni Antonio Magini’s (1620).

Sara Bova

Sara Bova is an Adjunct Professor at the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”. Columbia University, Italian Academy Fellow, Spring 2022.  She holds a Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urbanism from the Università Iuav di Venezia (2017). She previously studied at the Università degli Studi “Mediterranea” di Reggio Calabria, where she graduated in 2009, and at the Università di Roma Tre, where she gained a High Specialization Course Diploma in 2012. She has recently been selected as Associate Research Scholar at the Italian Academy of the Columbia University in New York for the Spring Term 2022 (Weinberg Fellowships in Architectural History and Preservation). She received research and travel grants from the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome, the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura (CISA) Andrea Palladio, and the Renaissance Society of America (RSA). She collaborated as Research assistant with the Superintendence for Architectural Heritage of the Vatican Museums and the Polo Museale del Lazio (Museum Center of Lazio) of the Italian Ministry of Culture. Her research interests range from Renaissance artistic and architectural patronage to 15th-century sculpted and painted architecture, as well as to early-modern cross-cultural influences and architectural practices, notably in papal Rome and in the Republic of Venice. Her studies also deal with architectural education from the 19th to 20th century.

Camilla Parisi

Camilla Parisi is an art historian, and she is currently working at the post-earthquake reopening of the Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo in L’Aquila. She received her Ph.D. in October 2019 from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa with a dissertation on the sculptor Filippo della Valle (1698-1768), whereas she studied for her B.A. and M.A. in Rome at La Sapienza Università di Roma. Her education includes a diploma in restoration and conservation of artworks at the Istituto Italiano Arte Artigianato e Restauro, a school that collaborates with the Vatican Museums. In 2015 she has been fellow at the Warburg Institute in London. During her university years, she collaborated to several exhibitions on different artists, as Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Tiziano and Canova. She worked for a short period at the Israel
Museum of Jerusalem and, most recently, she has been assistant curator for Sfida al Barocco, an important exhibition held in Turin in 2020. From fall 2020 and summer 2021, she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore with a project on the collections of the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.

Serena Quagliaroli

Serena Quagliaroli is a PostDoc Researcher of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Archivio del Moderno, Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano-Mendrisio, CH). She holds a Ph. D. in History of Art from the Sapienza - University of Rome (2019). Previously, she studied at the Alma Mater Studiorum
– University of Bologna – where she graduated in Humanities (2010) and gained a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts (2012) – and at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, where she obtained a Specialization Diploma in Cultural Heritage (2015). She has collaborated with private and public institution in Switzerland and Italy. Her academic interests focus mainly on the use of stucco in architecture and decoration during the Modern Era. She is one of the two coordinators of the “Centro
Studi per la Storia dello Stucco in Età Moderna e Contemporanea” ( and, since 2016, she has organised several academic events and  published articles and contributions on this topic.

Discount Registration for the Full Conference Series

Register for all four conferences at a discounted rate

PAVM Members: $40 for four conferences
Non-PAVM Members: $100 for four conferences

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