Handwritten: ten centuries of manuscript treasures from Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Handwritten: ten centuries of manuscript treasures from Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

This summer, the National Library of Australia presents an exhibition of one hundred unique manuscript treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany's greatest library which celebrates its 350th anniversary this year. Spanning more than one thousand years of history, the exhibition features 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. From Dante's Divine Comedy to a manuscript by Albert Einstein, to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore 100 significant moments in thought and human endeavour. Bach, Beethoven, Cook, Curie, Darwin, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Galileo, Goethe, Haydn, Kafka, Kant, Kepler, Machiavelli, Marx, Michelangelo, Napoleon, Newton, Nietzsche, Nightingale, Nobel, Pasteur and Watt are just some of the other many names featured in this remarkable exhibition.

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