A snapshot from our group critique of booklet projects in today’s meeting of the Art & Society class, very happy to have our newly-arrived resident artist join us, Tatana Kellner.
Our study abroad student met artisan Piergiorgio Bertolozzi Caredio at his studio Sator Print, specializing in making and restoring hand-crafted books, prints, manuscripts, etc. as well as beautiful examples of calligraphy, drawing upon traditions especially from Jewish heritage, linking the past with modern times.
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We had the privilege to visit the Biblioteca Briganti, part of the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala. It’s a treasure trove of resources, including the amazing volumes of Piranesi’s views of Rome, and many books related to Siena’s history, artists, and craftspeople. It also houses the “Librartis” collection of contemporary artists’ books. For more info on the library: https://www.santamariadellascala.com/en/services/#fototeca
Painting Professor Franca Marini led our visit to the City Archives, seeing the important Biccherne tablets and other highlights of the collection. We also were able to enjoy the view from the archives balony overlooking Piazza del Campo, and other spots in the neighborhood like the Contrada of the Civetta.