Our Mission. Our History
Established by a group of professionals from the academic and business communities in Massachusetts, the Pirandello Lyceum exists to provide accurate accounts of these contributions for the international, and particularly American community.
Its activities and purpose have been recognized with support from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the Consulate General of Italy, and private contributors. It is a non-profit tax-exempt organization.
The Pirandello Lyceum aims to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture among all people. Its various programs reflect the significant accomplishments of Italian thinkers in the areas of art, science, culture and humanitarianism. The Lyceum is committed to the protection and preservation of Italian/American heritage.
- Its scholarship program is a catalyst for young people of all ages, colors or creed to benefit by an Italian experience during their educational process. View 2012 Awards.
- Its art, music, and writings create a network for all people to participate in the beauty of “the Italian experience.”
- Its award program recognizes those Italian/Americans who continue to make significant contributions to society “in the spirit” of Luigi Pirandello. View 2013 Awards.
- Its duty and responsibility to monitor the depiction of Italian Americans is to insure the accuracy of reporting their contributions, while eradicating stereotyping of all forms.
The Pirandello Lyceum is a non-profit cultural organization under the general laws of Massachusetts.
The Pirandello Lyceum
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft
As part of our ongoing effort to provide interesting cultural events to members and friends of the Pirandello Lyceum, we will be presenting Author Anthony M. Amore at its annual Author’s Night. He will speak on the infamous art thefts from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
In the early hours of March 18, 1990, guards at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston admitted two men posing as police officers. Once inside, the men tied up the guards and over the next hour, stole 13 works of art (including a Vermeer, 3 Rembrandts and 5 Degas) valued at $ 500 million – the largest art heist and the largest-value theft of private property in history. To date, no arrests have been made and no works have been recovered.
Mr. Anthony Amore is a security expert, investigator and best-selling author. His book, Stealing Rembrandts, is a spellbound journey into the high-stakes world of art theft. In it Amore reveals the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century.
We believe members and friends of the Pirandello will appreciate this exhilarating look at the black market of art theft and how it compromises some of greatest art treasurers the world has ever known
When: February 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Where: East Boston Public Library
365 Bremen Street
East Boston, MA 02128
This free event, which is open to the public, is provided by the Pirandello Lyceum. Refreshments: Caffé e Biscotti. Any questions should be directed to the event Chairperson, Maria Capogreco @ 617-567-1233
The Pirandello Lyceum promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of Italian culture among all people.