Last Call: Aldus Manutius: The
Owing to its popularity, “Aldo Manuzio. Il rinascimento di Venezia” (Aldus Manutius: The
Venetian Renaissance) has been held over from
its intended closing date of 19 June 2016 and closes instead on 31 July. The
exhibition at Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia is devoted to the life and times of the printer credited
with the founding of modern book production and publishing.
Through the late 15th
and early 16th century, the rise of printing in Venice was tied to
the rediscovery of ancient Latin and Greek poetry; appreciation for popular
writing by Dante, Petrarch, and others; and a sense of connection to the city’s
literary and arts culture. The exhibition documents this scene, focusing
particularly on the collegial relationship between Manuzio and Erasmus of
Rotterdam, the philosopher from the Netherlands who lived in Venice as a guest
of the Manuzio family.
The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Manuzio’s most famous example of the
illustrated book, and paintings by Titian and Giorgione also figure prominently
in the exhibit.
of the Circles of Hell” from Dante col
sito, et forma dell’inferno tratta of the Division of Rare and Manuscript
Collections, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY. Printed by Aldus Manutius
and his heirs, c. 1450-1515.
of Mary, c. 1534-1538, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice.
Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Erasmus, 1530. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
City, Robert Lehman Collection, Nr. 1975.1.138.
Giorgione, detached fragmentary fresco, c.
1508, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice.
“The Doctrine of Signatures,” illustration from
the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, by Francesco
Colonna, printed by Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1499.
The Voynich Manuscript is the world’s
most secretive book. It’s dated to the
15th century and contains an unknown
writing system that even renowned
cryptographers have never deciphered.
Illustrations in the book suggest it may
cover topics like herbal remedies,
biology, astronomy, and the zodiac, but
no one knows for sure what it really is. Source