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The treasure cabinet made to contain the books of a great dynasty of scholars


OVERVIEW

On the north-west side of Siena Cathedral stands the Libreria Piccolomini, a magnificent ceremonial hall intended by its patron, Cardinal Francesco Piccolomini, to contain his family’s literary treasures and at the same time to celebrate the memory of his uncle Æneas Sylvius Piccolomini, who had reigned as Pope Pius II.

Adorned on the outside with a magnificent marble entrance, the Libreria Piccolomini possesses on the inside a jewel-like cycle of frescoes painted by Pinturicchio. For the first time this fresco cycle – of remarkable pictorial quality – is fully illustrated in all in inexhaustible narrative and chromatic richness.

Texts by A. Angelini, M. Bollati, S. Fraschetti, A. Galli, M. Lenzi, A. M. Riccomini,

D. Toracca.

Photographs by G. Roli

Salvatore Settins

Mirabilia Italiae, VII

p. 7

Atlante Fotografico

p. 13

Saggi

p. 213

Donatella Toracca

La Libreria Piccolomini

p. 215

Introduzione

p. 217

I. Roma tra cultura antiquaria e celebrazione politica. Pinturicchio pittore dei papi

p. 219

II. Storie dipinte di pontefici

p. 227

III. La Libreria Piccolomini e il gusto per l’antico a Siena

p. 237

IV. La libreria Piccolomini e l’apoteosi della Luna a Siena

p. 237

V. Raffaello e la bottega

p. 289

VI. La Libreria Piccolomini oltre Pinturicchio

p. 299

Mauro Lenzi, Milvia Bollati

I codici

p. 331

Mauro Lenzi

I codici della Libreria: vicende storiche

p. 313

Milvia Bollati

I Corali

p. 321

Schede

p. 333

Bibliografia

p. 407

Indice dei nomi e dei luoghi

p. 416

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