Handwritten: ten centuries of manuscript treasures from Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

This extraordinary exhibition features 100 unique manuscript treasures from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library). Spanning more than 1000 years of history, the exhibition includes 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. Beethoven, Galileo, Goethe, Kafka, Michelangelo and Napoleon are just some of the many names represented in this exhibition.
The exhibition is being shown only at the National Library in Canberra.

Open daily, 10 am
26 November 2011 to 18 March 2012

Johann Sebastian Bach
St John Passion
(1724)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Michelangelo
Receipt to Lionardo de Bartolini
(5 June 1519)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Napoleon Bonaparte
Letter to his foreign minister Talleyrand
(12 October 1806)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Voltaire
Letter to Frederick II
(3 May 1754)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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St Bernard of Clairvaux's
Commentaries on the Song of Songs
(c.1225-1250)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poem for the painter Samuel Roesel
(28 August 1827)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Heinrich von Laufenberg
Regimen (c.1450-1460)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Karl Hartwig Gregor von Meusebach
Letter to Ernestine von Witzleben
(24 April 1804)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Marriage of Figaro, Act I and II
(c.1785-1786)
Courtesy of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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