Presentations

Don M. Randel, at Villa I Tatti, Thursday, June 9, 2011

“Studying (if Possible) the Renaissance (if Any)”

It is an honor to be here at I Tatti and especially on this occasion. I seem to have gotten here the hard way, however. I remember I Tatti’s early days as the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in the 1960s, when I was doing my graduate work in music history and setting out as a young academic. Several of my friends were working on Italian music of the Renaissance, and I remember talk of spending time at I Tatti on a fellowship. It sounded almost magical. I on the other hand had made what in these terms Read more about Don M. Randel

Lino Pertile, at Villa I Tatti, Thursday, June 9, 2011

Villa I Tatti: Past, Present, and Future

If he could walk up via di Vincigliata today Mr. Berenson would find himself looking at a familiar scene. San Martino stands alone and lovely on its hillock, the sound of its bells still filling the valley; the Corbignano farm looks down towards the old Mulino as serenely as ever; the Mensola whispers her story to a few passers-by; and the cypress alley soberly greets every visitor who enters I Tatti at the lower gate. From this blessed little valley, Mr. Berenson could still address Florence today Read more about Lino Pertile

Walter Kaiser, at Villa I Tatti, Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, Carissimi Tattiani,

For many of us here today, the Deborah Loeb Brice Loggiato represents the fulfillment of a very old dream.  But it isn’t often in this life that one’s dreams come true in quite such a spectacular way; and today, those of us who shared the dream can only gaze in awe at its magnificent realization.  

Fifty years ago, when I Tatti first opened as Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the vestiges of the Berenson villa were still dominant.  What are now the Geier Library and Granaio were still in active use as Read more about Walter Kaiser

Charles Brickbauer, architect, at Villa I Tatti, Thursday, June 9, 2011

It has been an enormous honor to have had the privilege of adding to this historic complex created by the Berensons.  Specifically, following in the footsteps of architects Cecil Pincent and Geoffrey Scott seemed an interesting and daunting challenge.  The thought of cutting edge modernism – my home turf – was not an option for obvious reasons.  However, reinterpreting the Tuscan renaissance as was originally done by Pincent and Scott, seemed an exciting and logical approach.  The basic concept therefore would include tradition, order, proportion, materiality and the functional Read more about Charles Brickbauer, architect

Joseph Connors, at Villa I Tatti, Thursday, June 9, 2011

Without the vision of Walter Kaiser and the genial pencil of Charles Brickbauer, the Deborah Loeb Brice Loggiato would never have been dreamt of. Without the spontaneous patronage (mecenatismo is the fine Italian word) of Deborah Loeb Brice it would have remained an impossible dream. And without the selfless generosity of members of the I Tatti Council and friends from all over, including distinguished American foundations and a long list of loyal former fellows, Debby would have stood on the mountain top alone.

But let us not underestimate the challenges of getting this Read more about Joseph Connors

Debby Brice, at Villa I Tatti, Thursday, June 9, 2011

When Lino asked me to say a few words, he suggested anything between 5 and 10 minutes, but as one of my brothers once reminded me, The Gettysburg Address was only 3 minutes long.

I find it almost a miracle that The Loggiato has finally been built. It’s been 22 years since Walter Kaiser informed Fiesole that as part of I Tatti’s long range plans we wanted to build a new building for Fellows Studies. The architectural plans were submitted in 1998 and it has taken 13 very long years since then to arrive at today and at times I think everyone almost gave up, but we Tattiani are Read more about Debby Brice