December 13th, 2010 by Steven Kowalik
December 10 – January 9
A new exhibit at The Morgan Library and Museum, Madison Avenue at 36th Street, presents photographs capturing extravagant European libraries taken by Massimo Listri, a Florence-based photographer. The images, almost five feet wide and four feet high, capture the beauty of libraries built from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries and represent private, public, ecclesiastical, and academic institutions. Among the libraries represented are the Malatestiana Library in Cesena, Italy; St. Gall Monastery Library in Switzerland; the Long Room of Trinity College Library at the University of Dublin; Laurentian Library in Florence and the Vatican Library. The show coincides with the reopening of the Morgan’s original 1906 library after one of the most extensive restorations in over a hundred years.
Massimo Listri has frequently photographed interiors of great architectural and cultural importance. His photographs have been exhibited in numerous public and private institutions. Listri has also produced fifty eight books on art and architecture throughout his career.