A student project by Maha Atal ’08 and Sara Damiano ’08 in partial fulfillment of requirements for FREN 1040C “Lire et voir le XVlle siècle aujourd’ hui.”
To the contemporary mind, a reference to 17th century France calls up images of decadence, pleasure, and luxury, embodied in the grand architecture of Versailles. But how was this world interpreted and experienced by the men and women who lived in it? Bringing together original texts by 17th century literary giants from Molière to Racine, visual representations of Versailles, and insights from scholarly works, this exhibit exposes the personal and political dilemmas that governed ambitions in the back corridors of the Sun-King’s court.
December 17, 2007 – February 2008, John Hay Library
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6 pm and Sun 1-5 pm
For more information contact Hay@brown.edu.
Image:Louis XIV and suite arriving at a château c. 1700
An article by Greg Cook in the Providence Phoenix details the Brown University Library’s work digitizing the Garibaldi Panorama.
“Two years ago, Brown University’s John Hay Library received an enormous gift: a 273-foot-long 19th century panoramic painting depicting the dashing exploits of Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi. Historic panoramas, often of battles, were popular in the 19th century, but few have survived. So this was not only a big gift, but a rare one. The problem with an enormous piece of art, though, is where to do you put it?”
For the full text of the article visit http://thephoenix.com/article_ektid52461.aspx. To see the Garibaldi Panorama visit http://dl.lib.brown.edu/garibaldi/.
A selection of works from Brown’s collections will be on display at the John Hay Library as part of an exhibition entitled “Turning Points: Bridging Intellectual Gaps Between the West and the Middle East in Early Modern Europe.” The rare items on display include Al-Makîn’s work: Tarîkh al-Muslimin, the first history of the Muslim religion written by a non-Muslim; Samuel Purchas’ Relations of the World and the Religions …, a seminal text in the study of Islam; and the first English language translation of the Koran by George Sale.
The John Hay Library is open 9 to 6, Monday through Friday and 1 to 5PM on Sundays. For more information contact Hay@brown.edu.
The Providence Journal has published an article highlighting the Brown Library’s work digitizing the Garibaldi Panorama, one of the largest paintings in the world.
“The crowd that first saw the 273-foot-long painting unfurled was likely crammed in a church hall somewhere in Nottingham, England. It would have been sometime in 1860, just after the painting, known as a panorama, or “moving picture,” was finished.
Like modern-day moviegoers, the audience would have paid their admission and taken their seats to see and hear the exploits of Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian who at the time was making headlines across Europe and the subject of the painting.”
For the full text visit: http://www.projo.com/art/content/GARIBALDI_PANORAMA_12-10-07_1K84NF2_v43.1420d1b.html
The Friedman Study Center is open continuously (24/7) until 5 pm on Friday December 21. From Thursday 12/6 until the end of exams, the Rockefeller Library is open 7:30 am – 2 am, Monday – Saturday and 10 am – 2 am Sunday. The John Hay Library, in addition to their regular hours (including 1 to 5 pm Sunday hours) will be open on Saturday 12/8 and 12/15, noon to 5 pm. All other campus libraries will maintain usual hours. Printed schedule available here.
A volume of John James Audubon’s master work, The Birds of America, is on display on the main floor of the John Hay Library. Each plate will be on display for only one month. This month’s bird is the Brown Pelican. The library is open 9 to 6, Monday through Friday and 1 to 5PM on Sundays.
This elephant folio edition of The Birds of America, bound in six volumes, was presented by Albert E. Lownes to the Library on the occasion of his 50th class reunion in 1970.
For more information please contact Hay@brown.edu
A larger-than-life image of Charles Wilson Peale, founder of one of America’s first museums, welcomes visitors to an exhibition of over 150 items from Brown University’s holdings featured in “From A.A. to Zouave: Collections at Brown.” Students of the American Civilization Department’s “Methods in Public Humanities” course curated the exhibition, which is sponsored by the John Nicholas Brown Center Public Humanities Program and the Brown University Library. The exhibition is on view at the Annmary Brown Memorial from Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Friday, May 30, 2008 and is free and open to the public.
The objects on display range from the coffee pot that fueled the late night meetings of Bill W. and Dr. Bob as they pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), the world’s first 12-step recovery program, to a hand-knit cap from a Civil War Zouave regiment. (The latter took its name and sartorial inspiration from the elite French North African colonial units of the 1830s.) Among the more unexpected items in the exhibition are toy soldiers, a mosaic fragment from ancient Pompeii, books from Hitler’s personal library with his notations in the margins, a script from the television show “Mork and Mindy,” and recordings of Ghanaian music.
Some collections highlight the transformative power of ideas; others provide a sense of the impassioned collectors and dedicated scholars who assembled them. All speak to the varied richness of human history and the depth of the University’s collections, gathered from the Brown University Library, the Haffenreffer Museum, the Bell Gallery, and elsewhere.
The Library’s Latin American Travelogues project has been featured by the Internet Scout Project’s Scout Report:
“The John Hay Library at Brown University has an impressive array of collections related to Latin America and the Caribbean. These collections include the Schirmer Collection on Anti-Imperialism and the Paul R. Dupee Mexican History Collection. Recently, Professor James Green and Patricia Figueroa, the librarian and subject specialist for Iberia and Latin America worked together to create this compelling digital library of Latin American travel accounts which span the 16th through 19th centuries. Visitors can browse through these accounts at their leisure, and they will find everything from Louis Aggasiz’s “A Journey in Brazil” to Johann Baptist von Spix’s “Travels in Brazil in the Years 1817-1820″. Additionally, visitors can also read some rather thoughtful essays offered by Professor Green’s students that draw on these travel narratives for academic inspiration and contemplation.”
We will soon be adding several hundred titles to this collection — Stay Tuned!
Come see a selection of the treasures from the Edward North Robinson Collection of Brown Athletics currently on display in the lobby of the Rockefeller Library. Items include photographs and artifacts from Brown’s winter sports and intramurals including basketball, bowling, fencing, hockey, swimming, and wrestling. For more information contact the University Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org