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Title Rome reborn : the Vatican Library and Renaissance culture / edited by Anthony Grafton.

Published Washington : Library of Congress ; New Haven ; London : Yale University Press in association with the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, [1993]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  027.0945634 ROME    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvi, 323 pages : colour illustrations, colour facsimiles, portraits ; 31cm
Notes Catalog of an exhibition to be held at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Jan. 6-Apr. 30, 1993.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-312) and index.
Summary The Vatican Library contains the richest collection of western manuscripts and early printed books in the world, and its holdings have both reflected and helped to shape the intellectual development of Europe. One of the central institutions of Italian Renaissance culture, it has served since its origin in the mid-fifteenth century as a center of research for topics as diverse as the early history of the city of Rome and the structure of the universe. This extraordinarily beautiful book which contains over 200 color illustrations, introduces the reader to the Vatican Library and examines in particular its development during the Renaissance. Distinguished scholars discuss the Library's holdings and the historical circumstances of its growth, presenting a fascinating cast of characters - popes, artists, collectors, scholars, and scientists - who influenced how the Library evolved. The authors examine subjects ranging from Renaissance humanism to Church relations with China and the Islamic world to the status of medicine and the life sciences in antiquity and during the Renaissance. Their essays are supported by a lavish display of maps, books, prints, and other examples of the Library's collection, including the Palatine Virgil (a fifth-century manuscript), a letter from King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, and an autographed poem by Petrarch. The book serves as the catalog for a major exhibition at the Library of Congress that presents a selection of the Vatican Library's magnificent treasures.
Other author Grafton, Anthony.
Library of Congress.
Subject Biblioteca apostolica vaticana -- Exhibitions.
Renaissance -- Exhibitions.
Renaissance -- Italy -- Rome -- Exhibitions.
Rome (Italy) -- Civilization -- Exhibitions.
ISBN 0300054424