Don Alberto Rocca Lecture: “The Cultural Project of Federico Borromeo”


Location: Medieval Institute Reading Room (Hesburgh 715) (View on map )

Rocca Federicoborromeo ImagePortrait of Federico Borromeo by Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1610); source: Wikimedia Commons

The Medieval Institute welcomes Rev. Dr. Alberto Rocca to lecture on “The Cultural Project of Federico Borromeo.” Cardinal Borromeo established Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana in 1607 and founded its Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (art museum) in 1618 through his donations. Don Rocca is the current director of the Pinacoteca and also the Director of the Classe di Studi Borromaici at the Accademia Ambrosiana. His research further focuses on early modern history and the English theologian and philosopher Richard Hooker. He is the author of L’ideale politico-religioso di Richard Hooker: supremazia regia ed ecclesiastical dominion (Bulzoni 2010), and most recently he has published a new guide to the Gallery with Marco Navoni, The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (De Agostini, 2013). Alberto Rocca has been a Fellow of the Venerable Ambrosian Library (Dottore della VBA) of Milan since September 1, 2008.

The Medieval Institute maintains a unique and ongoing relationship with the Ambrosiana. We have an extensive collection of microfilms and other materials that reproduce the holdings of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (read more). The current director of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Rev. Can. Dr. Federico Gallo, has given a series of lectures at the MI in recent years and will also be offering a course in Diplomatics in summer 2017. This course is the first in a series of three. See our summer courses page for more information on the course and about how to register for it.

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Part of the visit of Rev. Dr. Alberto Rocca, the director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan, sponsored by the Medieval Institute and the Snite Museum of Art. View full details.


Robert Randolf Coleman 
Associate Professor Emeritus, Renaissance & Baroque Art History
Nanovic Fellow

Cheryl K. Snay, Ph.D.
Curator of European Art, Snite Museum of Art
Nanovic Fellow