Visit to the Frank de Bellis Collection

The Leonardo da Vinci Society

Cordially invites its members and guests to:

Visit to the Frank de Bellis Collection


Saturday March 5, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave,  San Francisco

Introduction by Colomba Ghigliotti, former Assistant to the Curator of the De Bellis Collection, overview by Alessandro Baccari, Leonardo Da Vinci Society Historian, and lecture by Prof. Lisa Pieraccini.

Program will include viewing current and permanent exhibits, 4th floor of the Paul Leonard Library, a lecture by UCB Prof. Lisa Pieraccini on Etruscan artifacts, and light refreshments following in the Faculty Commons.

The Frank V. de Bellis Collection is a library-museum of Italian authors and subjects representing the civilization of ancient to modern Italy, particularly in the areas of history, literature, the fine arts, and music.

It includes manuscripts, rare books, and music manuscripts and scores, Etruscan, Greek and Roman artifacts and coins, period instruments, wax cylinders, archival recordings, wood blocks, prints, and contemporary artwork.

Parking is available on Holloway Avenue- lot n.1 and n.2. Public transportation are also available (n.28 ad M line)

Picture1Frank V. de Bellis

Frank V. de Bellis, an Italo-American businessman resident of San Francisco until his death in 1968, was born in the Apulia region of Italy and devoted most of the last 25 years of his life to philanthropic and educational projects with the purpose of informing and instructing others in the rich heritage of Italy.


Picture1Lisa C. Pieraccini received her Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Pieraccini lived in Rome for many years where she taught and conducted research at the Etruscan site of Cerveteri. She now teaches in the Classics Department at the University of California Berkeley. Active at the southern Etruscan city, Caere (known today as Cerveteri), her research interests and publications include Etruscan pottery, burial customs, Etruscan and Roman wall painting and the reception of the Etruscans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Her book, Around the Hearth: Caeretan Cylinder-Stamped Braziers(2003) is the first comprehensive study of a unique class of over 350 Etruscans braziers.



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