‘Venice and Aristotle (c. 1450-c. 1600): From Greek and Latin to the Vernacular’: new exhibit in Venice

Paolo Veronese, Portrait of Aristotle

The Marciana Library and the University of Warwick announce the new exhibition “Venice and Aristotle (c. 1450-c. 1600): From Greek and Latin to the Vernacular”, to be held in the Sale Monumentali of the Marciana Library in Venice.

This exhibition is curated by Alessio Cotugno and David A. Lines (University of Warwick) and highlights the role played by Venice in the Renaissance interpretation and diffusion of Aristotle’s works, the most intensely studied philosopher of antiquity until 1700. Thirty manuscripts and printed editions show how Venice’s engagement with Aristotle expanded from Greek and Latin to Italian, which increasingly became a legitimate language for literary and philosophical studies in the sixteenth century. Greek and Latin manuscripts (some of them extremely old and belonging originally to the humanist, Greek émigré, and cardinal Bessarion, † 1472) and printed editions testify to Venice as a significant centre of learned scholarship on Aristotle and his commentators.


But its position as one of the great capitals of the European printing industry made Venice the chief promoter of a lively cultural movement to make Aristotle’s works available to a broader public, which came to include women, princes, participants in Academies, and educated amateurs interested in literature, philosophy, and science.

Exhibition opens on  April 21st at noon and closes May 19th, 2016.

On Friday May 6th , at 5:00 pm, book launch: Francesco Bruni (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and Pietro B. Rossi (University of Turin) will present the exhibition’s catalogue and the recent volume ‘Aristotele fatto volgare’: Tradizione aristotelica e cultura volgare nel Rinascimento, ed. by David A. Lines and Eugenio Refini. Welcome address by Maurizio Messina (Director of the Marciana Library).

Italian version

Latin & Greek Manuscripts in Rome

Boezio, De Institutione Musica Italia settentrionale, ultimo quarto del sec. XV Roma, Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana, 36 E 8 Foto © Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei


A total of 180 Greek, Roman, Arabic and Hebrew manuscripts will be shown in the Rome’s Accademia dei Lincei’s new exhibition, “I Libri che hanno fatto l’Europa. Manoscritti latini e romanzi da Carlo Magno all’invenzione della stampa”. Manuscripts come from the most prestigious Roman collections: Biblioteca Corsiniana, Angelica,  Casanatense,  Nazionale,  Vallicelliana, and Apostolica Vaticana.

Opening : Thursday, March 31st. Closing on July 21st, 2016.

More info: Press release.