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The invention of the library. Prospero Podiani, Perugia and the Augusta

From 9 November to 18 December 2016
Sala Ex Borsa Merci e Biblioteca Augusta (Augusta Library)

Bibliographic exhibition dedicated to the Augusta Library founder

The exhibition «The invention of the library. Prospero Podiani, Perugia and the Augusta» tells the story of Prospero Podiani, a man who, after having spent his life collecting books, wanted to donate them to Perugia to create a public library.

Curated by Attilio Bartoli Langeli, Maria Alessandra Panzanelli Fratoni, with the contribution of the Augusta librarians of the Fondo Antico (Old Fund) office, the exhibition will be open from Wednesday 9 November to Friday 18 December 2016.

It is divided into 3 sections, spread over two exhibition venues, the Centro Servizi Camerali Galeazzo Alessi and the Biblioteca Comunale Augusta (Augusta Library).

First section, Vita e opera di Prospero Podiani (Life and works of Prospero Podiani)
It describes the life of Prospero – he dies in 1615 at 80 years of age- characterized by a passion for books and a desire to make them a public heritage
at Centro Servizi Camerali Galeazzo Alessi, Via Mazzini 10

Second section, I libri di Prospero (The book of Prospero)
It exhibits a significant part of the ten thousand volumes donated by Podiani to the city, still preserved in Augusta Library
at Centro Servizi Camerali Galeazzo Alessi, Via Mazzini 10

Third section
, Perugia nel Cinquecento: una città di cultura (Perugia in the XVI century: a city of culture)
is an ideal trip in the old town, through its culture, one of which Podiani was part
at Biblioteca Comunale Augusta (Augusta Libray), via delle Prome, 15

The exhibition - the climax of the celebrations dedicated to Prospero Podiani, started from December 2015, 400 years after his death - is promoted by the Comune di Perugia, Assessorato alla Cultura, al Turismo e all’Università, the Biblioteca Comunale Augusta (Augusta Library), in collaboration with the Archivio di Stato di Perugia (State Archives of Perugia) and the Deputazione di storia patria dell’Umbria (Umbria Deputation of the country’s history).

Where: Perugia, Sala ex Borsa Merci, via Mazzini | Biblioteca comunale Augusta (Augusta Library), via delle Prome

When: from 9 November to 18 December 2016
Opening: Tuesday 9 November 2016, h. 5 pm. Sala ex Borsa Merci, following Biblioteca comunale Augusta (Augusta Library)

Opening hours:
_Sala ex Borsa Merci: from Tuesday to Saturday, h. 10.00 am - 7.00 pm | Sunday free guided tour at 4:00 pm (reservation is required, tel. +39 075.5772513)
_Biblioteca Augusta (Augusta Library): from Monday to Friday, h.  9.00 am - 6.00 pm | Saturday h. 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Tickets: free entrance

Info: tel. + 39 0755772505 / 2500

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