The Corvina Library and the Buda Workshop


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Begins on: Tuesday 6 November 2018.
Ends on: Saturday 9 February 2019.
Location: Budapest
A lot of splendid corvinas and other decorative codices have arrived in National Széchényi Library from various parts of the world, from New York, Paris, the Vatican City, as well as from Hungarian collections. Out of the manuscripts, several precious items, representing an important part of the history of culture, are on display for the first time in Hungary.
The exhibition opening on November 6 aims will present King Matthias’ world famous corvinas, and the unique works of the Buda workshop. In addition to the splendid codices ordered from Italy, similarly precious and decorative manuscripts were made in the royal court of Buda as well. It was due to the joint efforts of the book illuminators, book binders and scribes of Buda, and of the humanists dreaming up the library, that the royal bookhouse was converted into a decorative Renaissance-era royal library displaying uniform features. The aim of the exhibition is to explore and present the systematic and grandiose endeavor, serving the formation of a royal library in the court of Buda.
Related keywords: iIluminated manuscripts, library, manuscript culture