Printing R-Evolution. 1450-1500 Fifty Years that Changed Europe
The digital exhibition born out of the project 15cBOOKTRADE of Oxford University, guided by Professor Cristina Dondi, retraces the story of the revolution of printing in Europe, allowing, for the first time, to follow the books themselves, thus following the circulation of ideas and the knowledge within them. Humanistic culture and scientific and technological know-how meet among digital maps, video-stories and historic books, bringing back to life, through scientifically based visualisations of the movements of books through space and time, the most widespread events connected to the protagonists of the golden age of printing. From the famed Gutenberg Bible to the digital version of the celebrated Map of Venice by De Barbari (1500) with Venice Time Machine (directed by Frédéric Kaplan of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), to the Atlas of the First Prints (curated by Gregory Prickman, new Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington), which simultaneously shows, on GIS maps, all the historic locations of Europe, as well as the homes to over 500,000 ancient texts which have survived to this day.