An article in the June 6, 2019 CoinsWeekly alerted me to an exhibit in Padua, Italy of numismatic books printed in Europe from the
sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Here's a Google-translated version of the exhibit description. -Editor
Books and ancient coins from the collections of the University Library of Padua and the Bottacin Museum.
Printed books and coins are the most numerous objects ever produced by man, although obviously designed for very different purposes.
Between the 16th and 18th centuries, many volumes dealt with coins, combining historical and numismatic interest with undeniable artistic
qualities and high-quality illustrations. On this occasion the ancient coins and their representations of paper engraved in the books dedicated to
them will be put into dialogue : from the pioneering sixteenth-century treatises by Enea Vico and Sebastiano Erizzo, to the works of the Frenchman
Charles Patin, but Paduan by adoption, to those of Jean Vaillant and to the very elegant publications of the Veronese Jacopo Muselli it will be
possible to go over briefly the richness and complexity of the numismatic literature and the fineness of its products.
The exhibition, entitled Sotto il torchio. Books and ancient coins from the collections of the University Library of Padua and the Bottacin
Museum, highlight one of the most interesting aspects of Venetian cultural life and in particular Padua, starting from the humanistic
renaissance: the rediscovery of classical antiquity conveyed precisely through the exchange and the study of Roman coinage, which favored the
development of an intense editorial activity on the subject of numismatics.
The currency and the press have also shared since the sixteenth century the same technical production method, given by the use of the
press, so much so that from this moment both in the world of publishing and in that of the monetary issue the verb is used print.
There are studies related to classical Greek and Roman numismatics and volumes related to medieval Italian numismatics, particularly Venetian and
Paduan, accompanied by some significant examples of coins. Among the exhibited works, there is a choice of splendid numismatic specimens from the
collection of books in the monastery of San Giovanni di Verdara.
Zuckermann Palace, 13 April - 9 June 2019
hours 10: 00-19: 00, closed on non-working Mondays
tel. 049 8205664
To read the complete article, see:
Books and ancient coins from the collections of the University Library of Padua
and the Bottacin Museum. (http://padovacultura.padovanet.it/it/musei/sotto-il-torchio)
To read the CoinsWeekly article, see:
"Money and Books" in Padua (https://coinsweekly.com/money-and-books-in-padua/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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