Dear Members and Friends from the Collegium,

Four and a half centuries ago, Jan Rubens, the father of the painter, was sent from Antwerp to Rome by his parents to complete his education as lawyer. At that time, even in Northern Europe, Rome was indeed considered to be the source of knowledge (Fons sapientiæ). Some forty years later, around 1600, Peter Paul Rubens decided to follow the steps of his father and left Antwerp for Italy. He first stayed some time in Mantua (Lombardy) and then moved to Rome, where he spent eight years that were going to shape his entire professional existence.

Although the traveling conditions have considerably changed since that period, a symbolic parallel may be outlined with Corlas. After the conference organised in 2011 by Philippe Lefevre in Bruges, a charming Flemish middle-age city located not far away from Antwerp, Corlas members held their
meeting in Rome, at the invitation of Roberto Filipo. The prestige of the Italian capital, the remarkable social programme built by President Roberto Filipo and his team, the quality of the speakers selected for the two Minisymposia and the other scientific sessions convinced some 200 members, guests and their accompanying persons to attend the conference. This large attendance was also made possible by the early and excellent announcement on the congress website. It rapidly became obvious that the whole Italian Corlas group was behind their President and Vice-President –
Edoardo Arslan – an affirmation that gave further strength to the whole meeting.

The family tour took place on Sunday August 26 and enabled more than 120 members and accompanying persons to visit the vestiges of Tivoli. Located 30 km from Rome, this historical place has gained worldwide notoriety when two of its villas received the label of UNESCO World Heritage site. The first one called Villa Adriana bears the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian who decided to build there, during the second century, the new imperial residence. Thisplateau, sufficiently distant from Rome, supplied with water by several acqueducts, and rich of travertine carriers was considered by him as having a good profile for such a construction.


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