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Where Keats and Shelley Lie: The Protestant Cemetery at Rome...

Where Keats and Shelley Lie: The Protestant Cemetery at Rome in Art and History

Lecture by Dr Nicholas Stanley-Price, FSA

Old Cemetery , PyramidIn 2016, the Protestant cemetery in Rome celebrated 300 years of continuous use by the city’s foreign community. It has frequently been painted by local and visiting artists, often following a commission from a bereaved family. Their depictions, together with written sources, throw new light on the burial-ground in the 18th century and on the vexed question of why Protestant funerals were held at night. The lecture will also re-assess the sanctity ascribed to the graves of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley as the bicentennial (2021-2) of their deaths approaches.

Nicholas Stanley-Price, a former Director-General of ICCROM, is a member of the Cemetery’s Advisory Committee and editor of its Friends’ Newsletter. He curated the Cemetery’s tercentenary exhibition held at the Casa di Goethe in Rome. Both the exhibition catalogue and his book The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome: its history, its people and its survival for 300 years are available in English, Italian and German editions.


Image provided by the speaker, Dr Nicholas Stanley-Price.


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