Laurentian Library - Florence

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The Laurentian Library in Florence is one of the major collections of manuscripts in the world. The Library holds, in the rooms designed by Michelangelo in the sixteenth century, 68,405 printed volumes, 406 incunabula, 4,058 sixteenth and especially esteemed 11,044 manuscripts and the largest Italian collection of Egyptian papyri. It is accessed from the cloisters of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence, Laurentian hence the name. Medici derives from the fact of being born from the library collections of members of the Medici family. The halls of the Library were designed for Cardinal Giulio de 'Medici, later Pope Clement VII by Michelangelo, who between 1523 and 1534 he supervised the construction site, albeit with the interruption of the Republican parentheses. Michelangelo went on , reluctantly, with the work of the library from Rome, by sending instructions, designs and through several Florentine artists on the site for various reasons including Tribolo Ammannati and Vasari. The project was completed only in 1571, the year of opening to the public, other work was carried out from time to time until the early twentieth century. The library is one of the greatest achievements of the Florentine artist in the field of architecture, important also for the decoration and interior design, arrived in good condition to us (Michelangelo also provided drawings of wooden stalls for reading the manuscripts). In the vestibule of the Library there is the famous tripartite scale originally designed by Michelangelo to be made of walnut and then Bartolomeo Ammannati performed on sandstone for the willing of Cosimo I. For the first time you can recognize a preview of the Baroque style that would soon invade Europe. The reading room contrasts with its ample proportions, with the vestibule. The space, a long, wide hallway with wooden benches, was almost entirely designed by Michelangelo, including the ceiling and the desks themselves. The ceiling of linden wood, was carved around 1550 based on designs by Michelangelo.

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This article was published on 2010/09/20