Saturday, February 4, 2012

Handwritten: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Treasures

At the National Library Canberra

An extraordinary exhibition open to 18 March 2012 ... and features 100 unique manuscript treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library).

Spanning more than 1000 years of history, the exhibition includes exquisite illuminated manuscripts, rare letters, sketches and documents and priceless musical scores, each handwritten by major figures in literature, religion, science, music, exploration and philosophy. Beethoven, Galileo, Goethe, Kafka, Michelangelo and Napoleon are just some of the many names represented in this exhibition.

See this link ...    Australian National Library

Exhibition of Manuscript Treasures
Australian National Library Canberra
(The Bonhoeffer Exhibit)

precious scrapple from the table of the famous
foundation of thought from the fragments of a life
give a certain personal perspective

a handwritten strangulated poem
Bonhoeffer, condemned unjustly
now glass-celled and preserved for posterity

thoughts flow freely on the mighty mind of man
and the truth escapes
rattling the freedom of visitors as they pass along the way

Richard Scutter 15 January 2012

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