Faculty Research Colloquium: Katherine Bentz, Ph.D.

November 14, 2018 | NH Institute of Politics

Katherine Bentz, Ph.D., associate professor of Art History, will present her paper, titled, "Prelates, Villa Gardens, and Healthy Air in Early Modern Rome” as part of the Institute's Faculty Research Colloquium series. Professor Bentz’s research derives from her book project, which studies connections between early modern church politics and villas built by elite ecclesiastics.

Villa owners were free to enjoy soothing birdsong, hygienic recreation, and the edifying splendor of fountains and sculpture while surrounded by lush vegetation. They benefited from the effects of good air, essential for the equilibrium of the humors and good health. Focusing upon medical and architectural treatises, Bentz investigates beliefs that green purified the air and healed ailments.

She argues that rather than relying on a traditional iconographic and artistic analysis, we better understand the design and use of villas by examining their social and health-related functions. Further, we learn how early modern ideas have influenced our contemporary desire for “green architecture” and healthy living.

November 14, 2018 from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

West Wing