Sunday, February 6, 2011

BAV: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

On the left side of St. Peter's Basilica there is currently an exposition corresponding to the reopening of the Vatican Library (BAV: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana) after a three year renovation project.
Through wall graphics, projections, facimile and actual artifacts from the Vatican Library, the visitor is presented with the history of the library and exposed to the scope of the collection, moving from room to room with an audio guide.

Wall graphics give a sense of how the many volumes of the library are stored.

This is a page from a facimile of Dante's Divine Comedy originally made in the 15th century for Federico da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino.

This is a picture of an actual page from a hymnal made in the 16th cenury.

The exhibit also included many wonderful maps and interesting coins.

1 comment:

Willym said...

ciao bello

We were there on Sunday - a wonderful exhibition except for some rather ingenuous comments on the audio guide. Hoping to get a few photos up shortly.