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Record Number: 30826


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'After lunch I went to the Borghese Villa. Aren't the gardens a dream! I had my Morelli with me and spent a long peaceful time looking at the pictures with the help of his essay on them.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

30 Mar 1899

Country:

Italy

Time

afternoon

Place:

city: Rome
specific address: Villa Borghese
location in dwelling: galleries

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Gertrude Bell

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

16 Jul 1868

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

Oxford graduate, language student, yet to take up formal occupation as archaeologist and political advisor

Religion:

originally Christian (Anglican) by now declared atheist

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Italy

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Giovanni Morelli (pseud. Ivan Lermolieff)

Title:

Della pittura italiana: Studii storico critici di Giovanni Morelli (Ivan Lermolieff). Le gallerie Borghese e Doria Pamphili in Roma.

Genre:

Arts / architecture

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1893, 1897 (Italian edition). First appeared in German then trans.into English 1893 ad Italina 1897

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

30826

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Information:

Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University Library http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk

Additional Information:

Letter from Gertrude Bell to Florence Bell 30 March 1899 Rome http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk/letter_details.php?letter_id=1046

Citation:

Gertrude Bell Archive, Newcastle University Library http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=30826, accessed: 22 June 2024


Additional Comments:

See also diary entry 3 and 4 August 1895 for earlier references to reading to Morelli's work on Italian painters in Munich galleries. It is unclear which edtions Gertrude Bell used, since she could have read the works in English, German or Italian.

   
   
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