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"The Enciclopedia della Sicilia"; "Fiori di Sicilia"

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Caterina Napoleone in Conversation with David Freedberg
on two illustrated volumes about Sicily:

"The Enciclopedia della Sicilia"


"Fiori di Sicilia - The Lost 1811 Herbarium"

Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 5:30 pm


Pietro Frassica (Princeton University)

Antonio Di Gesu' (South Baldwin Jewish Center)

Holger Klein (Columbia University)

New York, NY-- March 10, 2008-- On April 1, the Italian Academy for
Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University presents two new
lavishly-illustrated books that add nuance, color, and scholarly
documentation to the portrait of Sicily and its history.

Enciclopedia della Sicilia

This authoritative volume represents years of work by 220 scholars
covering the art, history, literature, music, photography, theatre,
cinema, philosophy, science, archeology, geography, laws, and folkways
of Sicily in 4000 detailed entries and 500 vibrant color illustrations.
Shattering myths and exploring little-known aspects of the island, the
Enciclopedia is a resource like no other.

Fiori di Sicilia - The Lost 1811 Herbarium

Available to the public for the first time, Fiori di Sicilia: "Acis
Hortus Regius"--Erbario di Giuseppe Riggio, Acireale, 1811, reproduces a
recently discovered Sicilian herbarium originally consisting of four
folio volumes containing 753 richly colored hand-painted tables. The
herbarium was commissioned by Giuseppe Riggio, an intriguing, erudite
chemist from Acireale, near Mt. Etna; each of its watercolor tables is a
small gem.

Franco Maria Ricci, the pioneer of Italian art publishing and creator of
FMR magazine ("the black pearl of the publishing world," according to
Federico Fellini), commissioned these volumes for his new imprint, Ricci
Editore. Caterina Napoleone, who edited and curated these two projects,
is an art historian based in Rome; she specializes in baroque sculpture
and antiquarian culture.

Free and open to the public. RSVP: [email protected]

As part of the Academy's Focus on Sicily, the book presentation will be
followed by a reception and a screening of Luchino Visconti's Il Gattopardo
(the first of the Academy's "Sicily is Cinema" film

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