Recent News in the Field

This section summarizes recent events and headlines in the field and will be updated at the end of each month; links to these events and headlines will appear in the last EMA Newsletter of the month.  If you would like to propose a topic for this section, please email us.

JUNE 2018

“Verspera” Project Reconstructs Historical Appearance of Versailles

  • The “Verspera” project aims to reconstruct digitally the appearance of Versailles under the Ancien Régime by using surviving plans and other archival materials.  For more details, click here.

Little Known Brooking National Collection of Architectural Detail Outside London

  • The Brooking Museum of Architectural Detail, a collection of architectural fragments collected by Charles Brooking over 50 years, is little known but contains architectural details spanning the centuries.  For more details, click here.

Skatepark in Luxembourg Designed as Reinterpretation of 17th-Century Vauban Fortress

  • The skatepark in the Peitruss Valley Park of Luxembourg has been designed to echo the local fortress that was created by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, military architect to Louis XIV, and that is now a UNESCO Heritage Site.  For more details, click here.

MAY 2018

Debate Over Restoration of Gardens at Alexander Pope’s Marble Hill House

  • English Heritage plans to restore an elaborate and now lost garden at the early eighteenth-century Marble Hill House, the home of the poet Alexander Pope in the western suburbs of London.  For information on the debate about these gardens, click here.

City of Alexandria, Virginia (USA) Acquires Eighteenth-Century House

  • The city of Alexandria, Virginia (USA) has acquired the Murray-Fawcett House, one of the few pre-Revolutionary War structures surviving in the city.  For more details, click here.

Royal Apartment of Filippo Juvarra’s Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi Restored and Reopened

  • After being closed for 13 years, the early eighteenth-century royal apartment in Filippo Juvarra’s Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi has now been extensively restored and is open again.  For more details, click here.

APRIL 2018

Video Projection of Charles Le Brun Fresco at Vaux-le-Vicomte

  • Charles Le Brun’s uncompleted fresco for the great hall at Louis Le Vau’s Vaux-le-Vicomte will be reproduced via video projection.  For more details, click here.

MIT Press Receives Mellon Grant to Reprint Architecture and Urban Studies Books

  • The MIT Press has received $157,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support digitization and open-access publication of landmark architecture and urban studies books.  For more details, click here.

Restoration of Cappella Capponi Dome Reveals Parallels with Brunelleschi’s Duomo Dome in Florence

  • Recent restoration of the Florentine Cappella Capponi dome, executed by Brunelleschi before the dome of the Duomo, has revealed new parallels in brickwork construction between the two domes.  For more details, click here.

MARCH 2018

Obituary:  Henry A. Millon

  • Henry A. Millon, renowned architectural historian, founding Dean of the National Gallery’s Center for  Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and former Director of the American Academy in Rome, passed away on 2 April.  For an obituary, please click here.

Chatsworth Re-Opens After Extensive Renovation

  • Chatsworth, an English house and estate containing numerous early modern elements from across centuries, has reopened after its most extensive renovation since the 1820s.  For more details, please click here.

Essay on Living in a 17th-Century Manor on Staten Island

  • A recent New York Times article described the experience of an owner of a 17th-century manor on Staten Island in New York.  For the article, please click here.

FEBRUARY 2018

Castle of Peter Paul Rubens for Sale

  • The 14th-century castle owned by the 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens and featured in some of his paintings is now being sold.  For more details, click here.

UK Export Ban on Francesco Guardi’s Rialto Bridge

  • The UK Arts Minister has put an export ban on the 18th-century Francesco Guardi’s Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, in an effort to keep it in the country until a buyer is found.  For more details, click here.

17th-Century Jesuit Church in Malta Now Restored

  • The 17th-century Jesuit church in Valletta, Malta has had 2,100 meters of its walls restored.  For more details, click here.

JANUARY 2018

Renovations of the Arms Display at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia (USA) plans to repaint the room holding the large displays of arms at the Governor’s Palace in line with other contemporaneous spaces displaying arms.  For more details, click here.

Obituary:  Jill Lever

  • Jill Lever, former architectural librarian and curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, has passed away.  For her obituary, click here.

Newly Discovered Watercolor by L’Enfant of George Washington’s Military Camp in the Hudson Valley

  • A watercolor by Pierre Charles L’Enfant and showing George Washington’s camp with its various architectural features at Verplanck’s Point in the Hudson Valley (USA) has recently been discovered.  For more details, click here.

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