Special opening: Laurentian Library (Sept. 6 2009 to Jan. 6 2010)
Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library, next to the Church of San Lorenzo, is open to the public during a special exhibit dedicated to the shape of the book from roll to codex (“La forma del Libro”). This is a rare opportunity to visit this monumental space that is normally closed to the public. This space is open usually once a year for a few months in conjunction with exhibits like this one that display books from the Medicean collection. While the exhibit in question may be rather specialized, the library itself is an important piece of Mannerist architecture that is certainly worth a visit.
Read more about the Laurentian Library in this article on arttrav (coming soon!).
La Forma del Libro (The Shape of the Book)
DATES: Sept. 6 2009 to Jan. 6, 2010
Open Sunday through Friday, 9:30 – 13:30 (Closed saturday)
Tickets are 3 euros, or 6 euros in combination with entry to the Basilica of San Lorenzo.
Exhibition website in english available here.
For further reading on arttrav:
-Here is a detailed article on the history and architecture of the Laurentian Library (forthcoming).
-You may also be interested in reading about the Church of San Lorenzo (architecture and history) (forthcoming) as well as about the current debate to finish its facade.
Recommended Books: the basic text on michelangelo’s architecture is still
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