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Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana is an internationally recognized national public establishment. Originally it served as the private library of the Medici, dating back to Cosimo the Elder (1389 -1464). Its transformation into a public library was the work of two other members of the family: Pope Clément VII (1478 -1534), who placed it in a cloister of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, and Cosimo I, Duke of Tuscany (1519 -1574), who opened it to the public in 1571. Its prestige also owes to where it’s housed, in a building designed and partially built by Michelangelo (1475 -1564). It holds an exceptional collection of some 11,000 manuscripts and 400 incunabula, selected for their rarity or their philological and/or aesthetic qualities, as well as 2,500 papyrus texts and other inscribed objects from the Italian excavations in Egypt.

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For the creation of the application « Du rouleau au codex – Métamorphoses des pratiques d’écriture et de lecture », we were able to profit from the exceptional contribution of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence and the expertise of Professor Rosario Pintaudi (Papyrologist) who allowed us to show several images of the papyrus scroll and collections. The exceptional character of the scroll owes to its state of preservation, seeing as how it can still be rolled and unrolled at a length of 4 meters, presenting its twenty columns.

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