The Italian Renaissance poet, Petrarch, believed that the Republic of Venice deserved a public library worthy of La Serenissima’s grandeur. Two hundred years later in St. Mark’s Square, construction began on Jacopo Sansovino’s architectural masterpiece–the Marciana Library. Since its completion in the late sixteenth century, the Marciana has become one of Italy’s greatest public repositories of richly illuminated medieval manuscripts.
In this lecture, Dr. Tomás Martín of Loyola University will offer a peek at the medieval treasures of the Marciana. Through a historical and visual presentation of a unique collection of manuscripts that once belonged to the Dukes of Mantua, Dr. Martín will share his research into the manuscripts of the collection and his passion for the epic poetry composed on the illuminated folios of their parchment.
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