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Mostra Internazionale Libri Antichi e di Pregio

EXHIBITION: Mostra Internazionale Libri Antichi e di Pregio, V edizione, Salone dei Tessuti, Via San Gregorio 29, Milano, 24 – 26 marzo 2017.

Come per la passata edizione, riscontrato il successo dell’iniziativa, alla preziosa esposizione di volumi antichi, libri miniati, incunaboli, documenti rari ed edizioni di pregio, verrà affiancato un ricco programma di incontri e conferenze, che vedrà il coinvolgimento di importanti personalità legate al mondo dell’Arte e della Cultura.

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Madonnas and Miracles in Cambridge


EXHIBITION: Madonnas and Miracles. The Holy in Renaissance Italy, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 7 March – 4 June 2017.

Madonnas and Miracles, exposes a hidden world of religious devotion in the Italian Renaissance home. Bringing together a wealth of objects, including jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings, the exhibition invites us into a domestic sphere that was charged with spiritual significance.

Drawing materials from across the Italian peninsula, and juxtaposing fine works of art with humble and everyday artefacts, Madonnas and Miracles offers a vivid encounter with Renaissance spirituality and domesticity. Transforming our understanding of a period that is often cast as intensely worldly and secular, the exhibition will also offer its audiences a new appreciation of the relationship between the material and the divine.

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The Woodner Collections


EXHIBITION: The Woodner Collections: Master Drawings from Seven Centuries, The National Gallery of Art, 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC, West Building, Ground Floor, 12 March – 16 July 2017.

Some 100 drawings dating from the 14th to the 20th century are presented in an exhibition of masterworks donated by one of the great connoisseurs of the 20th century, Ian Woodner, and his daughters, Dian and Andrea.

The Woodner Collections includes drawings executed by outstanding draftsmen such as Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso, among many others.

The exhibition is curated by Margaret Morgan Grasselli, curator and head of the department of old master drawings, National Gallery of Art.

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La scrittura dipinta in mostra a Pavia


EXHIBITION: La scrittura dipinta. I corali di San Michele Maggiore e la miniatura tra sacro e profano nei manoscritti della Biblioteca Universi- taria, Pavia, Biblioteca Universitaria, 4 febbraio – 4 marzo 2017. A cura di Maria Grazia Albertini Ottolenghi.

La Basilica di San Michele Maggiore possiede tre codici liturgici splendidamente miniati databili all’ultimo quarto del XV secolo. Dal loro recentissimo e sapiente restauro, affidato al laboratorio di Chiara Perugini e Francesca Toscani, ha preso l’avvio questa mostra che, accanto ai due antifonari e al graduale della chiesa pavese, raduna una trentina di preziosi manoscritti miniati conservati presso la Biblioteca Universitaria di Pavia.

Sono per la maggior parte codici miniati di carattere liturgico o legati alla pratica religiosa (libri d’ore, breviari, innari, evangeliari), cui si aggiunge una significativa esemplificazione di manoscritti contenenti testi letterari, filosofici, giuridici e scientifici che costituiscono quasi una brevissima storia della miniatura dal XIII al XV secolo.

Le miniature dei corali di San Michele permettono di aprire uno spiraglio su un momento importante della cultura artistica a Pavia nell’ultimo quarto del Quattrocento di cui è protagonista un notevole miniatore denominato Maestro dei corali di San Salvatore, ma altri manoscritti aggiungono nuovi tasselli al panorama della miniatura pavese dal ’300 al ’400. Sono esposti, inoltre, a confronto, esempi di testi miniati lombardi (milanesi) toscani, bolognesi ma anche d’oltralpe (borgognoni, inglesi, francesi).

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Remembering Antiquity


EXHIBITION – Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World through Medieval Eyes, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 24 January – 28 May 2017.

In a rare juxtaposition of antiquities from the Getty Villa and manuscripts from the Museum’s collection, this exhibition explores medieval responses to the ancient world. For more than a thousand years following the fall of Rome (476 A.D.), classical culture lived on in European literature and art. Medieval scribes translated and preserved classical texts, while artists adapted and embellished images of ancient rulers and mythical heroes for inclusion in Christian manuscripts. Although the “rediscovery” of Greek and Roman culture is often associated with the Renaissance, antiquity was never forgotten.

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500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

EXHIBITION: 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, 4 February – 30 April 2017; and Center for Jewish History, New York, 14 May – 6 August 2017. Curatorial Advisor: Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints, Folger Shakespeare Library); Guest Curator: Peter Kid (Corpus Christi College, Oxford).

Founded 500 years ago in 1517, Corpus Christi College, one of the oldest of the 38 self-governing colleges at the modern University of Oxford, is a repository of extraordinary treasures, few of which have ever been seen by the public. To mark its 500th anniversary, a selection of fifty manuscripts and early printed books from its celebrated Library, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time.

Focusing on the first hundred years of the College’s existence, the exhibition introduces its Founder, Richard Fox, powerful Bishop of Winchester and adviser to Henry VII and Henry VIII, and its first President, John Claymond, who laid the foundations of the Library’s great collection. From the start, Corpus—the first Renaissance college at Oxford—was to pursue Humanist ideals of scholarship in three languages: not just Latin, but also Greek and Hebrew, the original languages of the Bible, along with such other subjects as Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine, and Philosophy.

A series of display-cases present books in each of these languages, including a number that are bilingual and even trilingual. Most notable among them are a group that has been called “the most important collection of Anglo-Jewish manuscripts in the world”; these works of the 12th and 13th centuries include a series of volumes apparently commissioned by Christians from Jews, from which to learn Hebrew and study biblical texts in their original language, as well as the commentaries of Rashi and what is thought to be the oldest surviving Ashkenazi prayer book.

Highlighting Corpus’ role in the development of science and medicine at Oxford, the exhibition finishes with a series of ground-breaking works, from Galileo’s first observation of the moon using a telescope and Sir Isaac Newton’s autograph observations of Halley’s comet to Hooke’s observations of insects using a microscope and Vesalius’ studies of the human body.

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Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts


EXHIBITION: Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 17 November 2016 – 11 February 2017. Co-curators: Maureen Warren and Anna Chen.

Both before and after the advent of movable type in Europe, circa 1450, artists created hand-drawn and hand-embellished scrolls, books, and maps. In Western Europe during the Middle Ages, manuscript ornamentation became a flourishing art form, enriching secular and sacred items alike.

Making and Breaking Medieval Manuscripts brings together a selection of works that are owned in whole or in part by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including items in the Krannert Art Museum collection and items housed at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, and the Newberry Library in Chicago.

The exhibition showcases Western European manuscripts from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries and examines issues associated with the production of illuminations and other decorations, patronage, owner additions and modifications, the impact of printing technologies, the reuse of parchment, book breaking, and the legacy of the self-professed “biblioclast” Otto F. Ege.

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Mostra su Giorgio Castelfranco agli Uffizi

EXHIBITION: Giorgio Castelfranco (1896-1978) curatore, mecenate, difensore d’arte, Firenze, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture degli Uffizi, Sala del Camino, 24 gennaio – 26 febbraio 2017. Mostra a cura di Claudio Di Benedetto.

Giorgio Castelfranco, protagonista della salvaguardia del nostro patrimonio in anni di barbarie: funzionario dell’allora Soprintendenza di Firenze, quale direttore delle collezioni di Palazzo Pitti, vittima delle leggi razziali, clandestino operatore per la libertà del Paese e per l’integrità del suo patrimonio artistico, conoscitore, fautore e mecenate dell’arte contemporanea.

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Il paradiso riconquistato di Giambono


EXHIBITION: Il paradiso riconquistato. Trame d’oro e colore nella pittura di Michele Giambono, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia, 16 Dicembre 2016 – 17 Aprile 2017, a cura di Paola Marini, Matteo Ceriana e Valeria Poletto.

Il progetto espositivo, che riunisce temporaneamente 14 opere, ha come protagonista il lavoro di Michele Giambono (Venezia, 1400 circa – 1462), pittore sensibile e raffinato tra i protagonisti del tardogotico veneto, oltre ad altre opere esemplari della produzione pittorica lagunare degli anni ’30 e ’40 del Quattrocento, ed è stato voluto dalle Gallerie per valorizzazione e contestualizzare i risultati emersi nel corso del restauro di uno dei capolavori di Giambono, fra i tre appartenenti alla collezione dell’istituzione: la Pala detta del Paradiso (o di Ognissanti), commissionata al pittore veneziano nel 1447 da Giovanni di Francesco Dotti per la chiesa di Sant’Agnese a Venezia su modello della pala realizzata solo due anni prima da Antonio Vivarini e Giovanni d’Alemagna per la chiesa di San Pantalon, presente anch’essa in mostra. Nove dei 13 dipinti in mostra e il Cristo passo di intagliatore veneziano vicino a Giambono costituiscono di fatto una inedita piccola mostra monografica di questo importante e peculiare artista.

L’intervento di restauro sul Paradiso, iniziato nel 2010 e durato 4 anni, ha fatto emergere risultati inattesi e rilevanti riportando in luce un’opera sostanzialmente diversa da quella di tradizione ottocentesca, suscitando quindi numerosi interrogativi. In primo luogo, legati all’identità di chi collaborò con Giambono nell’esecuzione del dipinto, essendo emersa con chiarezza la presenza di mani diverse che hanno agito, pur sempre nella bottega del maestro, con autonomia e autorevolezza. In secondo luogo, l’esito dell’intervento getta nuova luce sul percorso dello stesso Giambono e in generale sulla produzione artistica a Venezia negli anni ’40 del Quattrocento.

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Representing the Law (Exhibition)


EXHIBITION – Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice, Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School (127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT), 20 September 2016 – 12 January 2017.

The exhibition draws on the outstanding collection of Italian law books in the Yale Law Library’s Rare Book Collection, along with drawings and medals from the Yale University Art Gallery and reproductions from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. It was curated by Christopher Platts (History of Art, Yale University) and Michael Widener (Rare Book Librarian, Yale Law Library).

During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Venice played a central role in the political and economic affairs of Europe, ruling an empire that extended through northern Italy, the Adriatic, and the eastern Mediterranean. By the year 1500, Venice could claim that it had been a sovereign republic for more than a millennium. Venice was so highly esteemed for its stable government, selfless leaders, and free citizens that it came to be known as “La Serenissima,” the Most Serene Republic.

The exhibition introduces the most significant offices and symbols of the Venetian Republic, and explains how laws were crafted, debated, publicized, and frequently broken. The protagonists are the doge and highest magistrates of Venice, the governors appointed to rule the Republic’s territories, the lawmakers in the Senate, and the lawbreakers, illustrated in finely executed drawings, prints, and numismatic portraits.

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Trésors enluminés de Normandie

EXHIBITION: Trésors enluminés de Normandie, une (re)découverte, Musée des Antiquités, 198 Rue Beauvoisine, Rouen (France), 9 décembre 2016 – 19 mars 2017.

L’exposition Trésors enluminés de Normandie, une (re)découverte présentée au Musée des Antiquités fait découvrir une facette méconnue des collections médiévales et Renaissance des musées et collections normandes.

Manuscrits et feuillets enluminés souffrent d’un grand éparpillement, et si en France la majorité d’entre eux sont conservés par les bibliothèques publiques ou les centres d’archives, les pièces des musées sont le plus souvent peu documentées. Elles n’en constituent pas moins de précieux témoignages de l’art de l’enluminure.

En 2004, l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art a lancé une vaste campagne d’inventaire systématique destinée à identifier ces pièces. Ce premier travail de recherche fut ensuite complété par le travail de terrain du musée des Antiquités, qui fera état des découvertes réalisées en Normandie.

L’exposition s’attache aux grandes évolutions stylistiques de l’enluminure, de la simple somptuosité de la lettre ornée à la véritable peinture de manuscrit, ainsi qu’aux différents usages du livre et de l’illustration.

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Manuscrits des Dominicains de Toulouse


EXHIBITION - Manuscrits médiévaux des Dominicains de Toulouse : Mémoire d’une bibliothèque, Bibliothèque d’Étude et du Patrimoine, 1 rue de Périgord, Toulouse, 15 novembre 2016 – 28 janvier 2017.

À l’occasion du huitième centenaire de la fondation à Toulouse de l’ordre dominicain, la Bibliothèque de Toulouse présente trente précieux manuscrits et incunables provenant de l’ancien couvent des Jacobins, qu’elle conserve depuis la Révolution. Il y a huit cents ans à Toulouse, une communauté religieuse se forme autour du futur saint Dominique, chanoine espagnol qui sillonne un Languedoc où s’affrontent tenants du catharisme et croisés catholiques.

Reconnus par le pape comme un nouvel ordre voué à la pauvreté, les Dominicains ou Frères Prêcheurs assument une vocation doctrinale clairement missionnée contre les hérésies. L’expansion est immédiate dans toute les villes d’Europe. Car l’action des Frères Prêcheurs s’appuie explicitement sur l’étude et le livre, l’une des premières règles de l’ordre stipulant ainsi que « puisque nos armes sont les livres, il faut s’employer à les multiplier dans la bibliothèque commune ».

La bibliothèque commune du couvent de Toulouse, bien ecclésiastique mis à la disposition de la Nation en 1789, a été fondue dans les collections de la bibliothèque municipale et sa reconstitution est en cours. Les milliers de livres manuscrits et imprimés identifiés à ce jour représentent l’ultime état d’une collection qui durant près d’un demi-millénaire s’est adaptée à l’histoire et aux besoins de ces frères prêcheurs : les volumes ont été déplacés, empruntés, prêtés, vendus, remplacés, mis à jour…

À côté de ce fonds en perpétuelle évolution, le couvent de Toulouse s’est néanmoins préoccupé de sa mémoire en conservant aussi un petit corpus de livres reliques, importants pour leur décor, leur auteur ou leur provenance illustre ou encore leur importance historique. Sortis exceptionnellement des réserves, ils constituent les plus belles pièces de cette exposition.

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