Christopher Johns, Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Professor of History of Art, gave an invited lecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, on May 15. The lecture, titled Art and Culture in Rome in the 1750s, was sponsored by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art as part of a symposium in conjunction with the Royal Academy’s exhibition on Richard Wilson and classical landscape painting.
Earlier in the month Johns presented a conference paper titled Coffee, Tea and Chocolate: Enlightened Conversation and Papal Diplomacy in Benedict XIV’s ‘Caffeaus’ in the Quirinal Gardens. In conjunction with the international symposium, The Enlightened Pope: Benedict XIV (1675-1758), Johns co-chaired the conference with Rebecca Messbarger, associate professor of Italian, Washington University. Held April 30-May 2 in Saint Louis, Missouri, it represents the first interdisciplinary conference devoted to Benedict’s papacy and the Catholic Enlightenment to be held outside Italy. The conference was hosted by Washington University, Saint Louis University, and the Missouri History Museum. ~Fay