Fons largus conference

The general aim of the conference, a joint project of the University of Warsaw Library (BUW) and the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IS PAN),  is to provide a forum for scholars to review and discuss the function and mission of academic and research libraries, with particular reference to their inspirational role for the humanities, their subject and methodological orientation, as well as the libraries’ impact on the artistic creativity and theory of fine arts and architecture. The significance of the library as a source of inspiration will be considered from both historical and contemporary perspectives and consideration will also be given to developments and solutions for the future.

 

The session “Gigantium humeris. Historic Libraries: Relevance to Today” will be dedicated to the memory of late Professor Philipp Fehl from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Fehl was a director of the Cicognara Library Project. Count Leopoldo F. Cicognara’s Library (Fondo Cicognara) is a splendid source of the history and theory of fine arts and architecture principles and has since 1824 been a part of the Vatican Library. Thanks to the generosity of the Professor, a copy of the microform edition has enriched the Special Collections of the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences and made this valuable resource accessible to Polish scholars.

 
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