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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Third day in Rome: Vatican and Biblioteca Angelica (Arts and Archives 2015)

(Raphael's School of Athens as visualization of knowledge)
We had an excellent 3-hour private tour permitting access to areas of the Museum normally closed to the public. The extraordinary opening of the Chapel of Nicholas V, Julius II and the Cabinet of Masks. This tour also included an unique itinerary unfolding through the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Room of Maps and Tapestries, and the Raphael Rooms and culminated in the Sistine Chapel. We also saw St. Peter's Basilica.
The second destination of the day for some of us was the Bibliotheca Angelica, the third of the antique libraries in Rome. I had the unexpected possibility to page through Linnaeus' Systema Naturae from 1757, all three volumes including the Kingdoms of Plants, Animals and Minerals, without white cloves and as if it would had been the question of New York Times.
After I turned my order in, the kind librarian climbed to the high balcony to get the books 

Linnaeus' Systema Naturae from 1757 in three volumes

(Volume # 3 including Linnaeus' 3rd Kingdom of living organisms, minerals. I had never seen this volume before)
(Due to the internet problems no additional images will be posted today)

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