Divine Monsters: from past to present



Where The Portico Library & Gallery, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY

When Wednesday 20th June 2018, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Tickets Member £5 | Non-member £6 | Student/Unwaged £4

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As Dante journeyed through the Inferno he encountered beasts and monsters; these have inspired some amazing illuminations. In 1560 Conrad Gessner produced his Historiae Animalium, which showed actual and mythological animals side-by-side. Sara Riccardi will consider these texts and explore the historical representation of 'bestiari', which belonged to the wider collective Medieval imagination, while also presenting and exploring the beautiful facsimiles of some illuminated early manuscripts of the Divina Commedia, exceptionally on display at the Library until Friday 22nd June.

This talk sits within the context of the library's exhibition, "Beautiful Monsters", and Sara will also introduce you to the work of the six international exhibitors who have responded to volumes in The Portico Library’s collection to create new works incorporating drawing, painting, textiles, robotics and artists’ books, considering where the idea of the monstrous sits within themes of history, mythology and 21st century life.

Barbara Bertoni of Imago, the Italian publishers of the facsimiles, will be on hand after the talk to discuss the manuscripts with you. Complimentary wine and snacks provided by Società Dante Alighieri.

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