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The Biblioteca Ambrosiana

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The Biblioteca Ambrosiana
The Biblioteca Ambrosiana

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By entering the halls of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and reaching the end of the exhibition, the visitor finds himself in a great hall of seventeenth-century architecture, austere and at the same time solemn, with high wooden shelves on which you can see aligned ancient volumes and modern.
It is the Ambrosian Library, inaugurated and opened to the public on 8 December 1609 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo. For this very reason is rightly called Sala Federiciana, in honor and in memory of its Founder.
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Federico Borromeo had in fact wanted to donate to Milan and the world a true public library, one of the first in the world, not reserved for certain categories of scholars, such as clergy, or members of aristocratic families, or visitors universities, open to welcome anyone who wished to approach in a rigorous way the letters, the sciences and the arts.
The first collection of the library of the Ambrosiana was constituted by printed volumes and manuscripts that Federico Borromeo had donated from his private collection. This original nucleus has been progressively increasing in four centuries of history of the Library until today, when the Ambrosiana can boast a rich collection of about one million of printed volumes, especially of ancient background (incunabula and sixteenth century ones), and 35,000 manuscripts.
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Year2024
LanguageEnglish
ISBN885725069
EAN9788857250694
Dimensions16.5 x 21cm
Pages304
BindingSoftcover
Colour illustrations300
ArgumentArtistic Guides
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