Bessarion’s Book In Defense of Plato
Among the Papers of the Last Byzantine Philosopher
Venice, Museo Correr
23 August – 31 October 2022
Curated by Sergei Mariev
In collaboration with Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana and Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
In occasion of the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies
This exhibition, curated by Sergei Mariev, who is working towards the completion of a new critical edition of Bessarion’s In Calumniatorem Platonis, guides the visitor through the different stages of Bessarion’s work on this treatise by arranging and displaying the manuscripts preserved in the Biblioteca Marciana in a sequence that reflects Bessarion’s progress in composing this book. The exhibition aims to make visible the cultural links between Byzantium, with its rich cultural and especially philosophical traditions, and the world of the Italian Renaissance.
The exhibition is part of the events to tie with the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Venice-Padua, 22-27 August 2022), realized with generous financial support from the Heisenberg Programme of the DFG (German Research Association) and in close cooperation with Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and WissenschaftsCampus Mainz, as well as the Museo Correr, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini (AISB) and International Association of Byzantine Studies (AIEB).