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Bessarion’s Book In Defense of Plato

Among the Papers of the Last Byzantine Philosopher

Il libro di Bessarione in difesa di Platone

Venezia, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Gr. Z. 198 (= 744), f. 3r. | Venezia, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Lat Z. 229 (= 1695) f. 1r.

Museo Correr
P.za San Marco 52, Venice

DATE

August 23
October 31, 2022

CATALOGUE

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Exhibition

This exhibition, curated by Sergei Mariev, who is working towards the completion of a new critical edition of Bessarion’s In Calumniatorem Platonis, guides the visitor through the different stages of Bessarion’s work on this treatise by arranging and displaying the manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana in a sequence that reflects Bessarion’s progress in composing this book. The exhibition aims to make visible the cultural links between Byzantium, with its rich cultural and especially philosophical traditions, and the world of the Italian Renaissance.

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The exhibition is realized with generous financial support from the Heisenberg Programme of the DFG (German Research Association) and in close cooperation with Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and WissenschaftsCampus Mainz, as well as the Museo Correr, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini (AISB) and International Association of Byzantine Studies (AIEB).

Exhibition

This exhibition, curated by Sergei Mariev, who is working towards the completion of a new critical edition of Bessarion’s In Calumniatorem Platonis, guides the visitor through the different stages of Bessarion’s work on this treatise by arranging and displaying the manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana in a sequence that reflects Bessarion’s progress in composing this book. The exhibition aims to make visible the cultural links between Byzantium, with its rich cultural and especially philosophical traditions, and the world of the Italian Renaissance.
The exhibition is realized with generous financial support from the Heisenberg Programme of the DFG (German Research Association) and in close cooperation with Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and WissenschaftsCampus Mainz, as well as the Museo Correr, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini (AISB) and International Association of Byzantine Studies (AIEB).

The program of the exhibition includes a conference with the title „Bessarion’s Literary Heritage: Textual Developments and Intellectual Journeys.“ Date: August 24, 10:00–13:00, Venue: Istituto Ellenico di Studi Bizantini e Postbizantini di Venezia, sala del Capitolo. With the participation of Gianmario Cattaneo, Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann, Sergei Mariev, John Monfasani and Peter Schreiner.

Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Lat Z. 229 (= 1695) f. 1r.

Exhibition organised by:
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Director
Stefano Compagnolo

In collaboration with:
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Director
Gabriella Belli

Museo Correr
Andrea Bellieni

Biblioteca Museo Correr
Monica Viero

and
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Under the auspices of:
AISB (Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini)
AIEB (L’Association Internationale des Études Byzantines)

With financial support from:
Heisenberg-Programm der Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Exhibition Concept:
Sergei Mariev (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Curator:
Sergei Mariev (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

With the collaboration of:
Claudia Benvestito (Biblioteca Marciana)

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Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Lat Z. 229 (= 1695) f. 1r.