Smith College Curator to Speak at Wells College
- We hope you will reserve the evening of April 17th to join us in
welcoming Martin Antonetti, Curator of Rare Books in the Mortimer Rare
Book Room at Smith College, as he presents the 27th Susan Garretson
Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture. Mr. Antonetti's lecture,
entitled "Arrighi's `New Invention of Letters:' Scribes, Printers, &
Patrons in Renaissance Rome," will be held in the auditorium of
Stratton Hall on the Wells College campus on Thursday, April 17, 2008
at 8:00 pm. A reception for the speaker will immediately follow the
lecture in the Stratton Atrium.
Ludovico degli Arrighi, or Vicentino (1480?-1527?), printer, scriptor
in the Papal Chancery, and calligrapher of luxury manuscripts, was
active in Rome in the early decades of the 16th century. His
experience in calligraphy led him to create an influential pamphlet on
handwriting in 1522 called La Operina, which taught italic type script
in the chancery style. This work, a 32-page woodblock printing, was
the first of several such publications. Fewer than fifteen manuscripts
have been attributed to him, of which only two are signed. An
examination of a hitherto unknown illuminated manuscript of the works
of Petrarch, signed by Arrighi and bearing the date 1508, now adds
substantially to our knowledge of Arrighi's early days in Rome and
alters some of our basic assumptions about his professional life.
Mr. Antonetti's lecture is part of the Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60
Memorial Book Arts Lecture Series, a semi-annual event at Wells
College that is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts
Lecture Fund, established by Ms. Swartzburg in 1994 and sustained
through the generosity of her family.
We look forward to seeing you at Wells College to hear Mr. Antonetti's
lecture on his exciting discovery.
For more information, contact Melissa Colbeth at mcolbeth@... or