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SCIENCE AND FAITH BETWEEN OBSERVANCE AND CENSORSHIP: RARE BOOKS FROM CAMPANIA

Date:

02/03/2007


SCIENCE AND FAITH BETWEEN  OBSERVANCE AND CENSORSHIP: RARE BOOKS FROM  CAMPANIA

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LUMA, Loyola University Museum of Art, will host the exhibit Science and Faith Between Observance and Censorship: Rare books from Campania. Rare book lovers and history buffs won’t want to miss this fascinating exhibit featuring prohibited books from the infamous Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a list of forbidden titles compiled by the Roman Inquisition (which subsequently became the Holy Office and is known today as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). Curated by Roberto Severino (Georgetown University) and Loredana Conti (Regione Campania), the exhibit contains some extraordinary editions of the Index itself, the earliest published at the close of the Council of Trent (1564), along with other rare and precious volumes that found their way onto the Index between 1550 and 1750, some with magnificent illustrations. For centuries, anyone found in possession of these titles could be put on trial for heresy. Needless to say, many of the authors and titles found here are now considered masterpieces—Boccaccio, Savonarola, Machiavelli, Erasmus, Galileo, Descartes, Voltaire, Kant, Milton, Defoe, Swift, Sterne and many others. Curiously, among the many books here that good Catholics were supposed to avoid we even find the Bible in any non-Latin version. Exhibit curators have given particularly focused attention to scientific and religious titles forbidden by the Church in the two centuries following the Counter Reformation. They have mounted a small but valuable exhibit that is both instructive and engaging. The Istituto is currently planning a series of complementary lectures (invitations to follow), the first of which will take place on February 13

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Date: Saturday, February 03, 2007


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