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The Vatican Apostolic Library Meets Pietro Ruffo


Vatican City, Vatican
The Vatican Apostolic Library is happy to welcome visitors to its exhibition Tutti. Umanità in cammino. From Travel Cartography to Utopian and Allegorical Maps: the Vatican Apostolic Library Meets Pietro Ruffo, which will take place in the Library from 5 November 2021 to 25 February 2022.
Arising from the collaboration between the Roman artist Pietro Ruffo and the Vatican Apostolic Library, the exhibition winds its way through four sections. In the first part are four examples of celestial and terrestrial cartography according to Pietro Ruffo, while in the second one can admire three rare examples of cartography from among the treasures of the papal collection: a Chinese world map, an astronomical scroll from India, and five paper astrolabes from the sixteenth century.
Within the Exhibition Hall the real interaction between the artist and the Library’s collections occurs: there one can admire, side by side, many examples of how human beings have employed, and indeed still do employ, the principles of cartography to represent realities that have nothing to do with actual geography: dreams and utopias, inner feelings and movements, drawing from theological perspectives and making social criticisms.
Venue: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cortile Belvedere, 00120 Città del Vaticano
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