Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture

Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture

by Anthony Grafton

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This impressive catalog of the exhibit currently at the Library of Congress (January-April) portrays the Vatican Library as repository, reflection, patron, and artifact of Roman Renaissance culture. The readable text provides context and explication of the library's development. The opening essays present an enlightening survey of the Vatican's role in supporting humanist scholarship, while later articles explore Vatican collections in the sciences, medicine, music, and Asian studies. All the essays are heavily illustrated with images of the exhibited treasures. However, the typeface is too small, and a concise chronology of the library's history is needed. Despite these minor flaws, this book is highly recommended for informed readers.-- Elizabeth Brice, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
This lovely, oversize (9.25x12.25") volume serves as the catalog for a major exhibition at the Library of Congress that presents a selection of the Vatican Library's magnificent treasures. Distinguished scholars discuss the Library's holdings and the historical circumstances of its growth, and 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. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Yale University Press
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