Oronce Fine, Orontij Finei Delphinatis, 1542
The Dibner Library recently assisted Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the Rubin Museum of Art, with selecting items for their upcoming exhibit, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, which will run from December 11 2009 to May 10, 2010. A wonderful post ran last month in The Affiliate, the Smithsonian Affiliates blog, and this month the story will also be featured in their e-newsletter.
Kirsten van der Veen and Lilla Vekerdy enjoyed the fun and productive visit, which helped curator Tracey Friedman select the following treasures from the Dibner's collection for the visit:
1. Sacro Bosco, J de, Sphera volgare novamenta tradotta
2. Fine, Oronce, De mundi sphaera . . .
3. Gemmae, Cornelii, Cornelii Gemmae lovaniensis medicinae . . .
4. Galilei, Galileo, System cosmicvm . . .
5. Ailly, P.d’, Concordanita
Ketham, K., Fasciculus medicine in quo . . .
This is the sort of collaboration that occurs behind-the-scenes of the Smithsonian, which leads to all of the excellent and informative exhibits that can be viewed at Smithsonian museums, in their libraries and Affiliate museums around the country.—Elizabeth Periale