Reading the Renaissance
This exhibition showcased a sampling of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center's holdings of manuscripts and books from the Renaissance era. This material representsed a wide range of the arts and sciences, and depicts the change from pseudo-science to science, the impact of religious censorship, and the emerging arts of scholarship.
In the arts, examples of polyglot dictionaries, poetry, and literary disputes present the varied Renaissance culture. In the sciences, a 17th century text, "Quatre livres des secrets de medicine" shows the evolution of pseudo to real science. Another, Apian's 16th century "Cosmographia" notes the existence of America (as an island) among more accurate geographical and astronomical illustrations. The printed leaf represents an early use of the new technology of the printing press, while the manuscript by Angelo di Constanzo represents a work in the new scholarly field of history. Also presened were manuscripts and letters from the colonization of the New World, representing the Age of Exploration.
This exhibition is no longer on view.