The exhibition documents the history of the Spanish National Library from its origins under Felipe V. The Spanish King founded the Biblioteca Pública de Palacio (Palace Public Library) in 1712 which became the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library) in 1836. Since then the library and its rich treasures have been housed in the same beautiful building at the Paseo de Recoletos in Madrid. The library’s famous collection consists of more than 15 million books, incunabula, codices, prints, music scores, maps, globes, atlases, autographs and manuscripts, among them important historical documents such as the Old Castilian epic "Cantar de mio Cid", the first edition of Cervantes’ “El Quijote”, Rabanus Maurus’ “Liber de laudibus”, the “Breviario” of Isabel la Católica, the “Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis” from the year 1496, masterpieces by Picasso, Goya, Rembrandt and Velazquez, and Petrarca’s “Beato de Liébana”.
On the occasion of its 300th anniversary the Spanish National Library presents many of these magnificent treasures in a special exhibition until April 15, 2012.
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