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Great European Libraries: Photographs by Massimo Listri

decoration10 Dec. 2010|09 Jan. 2011

On the occasion of the most extensive restoration of the McKim building's sumptuous interiors in over a hundred years, The Morgan Library & Museum presents an exhibition of photographs by the Florence based artist Massimo Listri documenting iconic European libraries that similarly use fine wood, marble, and other precious materials to create an opulent setting for books. The large-format photographs, almost five feet in width and four feet in height, dramatically capture the beauty of the libraries, which were built from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries, such as the Malatestiana Library in Cesena, Italy, which was completed in 1454 and survives in its original building with its collection and furnishings intact; the St. Gall Monastery Library in Switzerland, which is a fine example of the Rococo style; the magnificent Long Room of Trinity College Library at the University of Dublin, where the Book of Kells is kept; the Laurentian Library in Florence, which was designed by Michelangelo; and the Vatican Library's sumptuous quarters, which were constructed between 1585 and 1590.


10 Dec. 2010|09 Jan. 2011
225 Madison Avenue
New York
The Morgan Library & Museum
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