THE VATICAN LIBRARY
Altered view in WS
The manuscripts and printed books that came to rest in the Vatican Library tell many stories. They help to explain the development of Renaissance thought and art, scholarship and science, in Rome and elsewhere. They shed light on the history of the universal Roman church and on the city in which it flourished, on the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation--even on the history of Western efforts to understand and convert the peoples of the non-Western world. They describe the new education, art, and music of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; they show how the curia reached beyond the bounds of Europe, to the Islamic world and even to China; and they reveal some of the conflicts that flared up when the accomplishment of church policy and the pursuit of new knowledge could not both be carried out.
A Library Takes Shape: Books, Benches, and Borrowers
The Vatican Library developed rapidly. These documents let us watch it grow. The catalogues show how the thousands of manuscripts were organized and stored. Most were not shelved, but chained to what were called "benches,"--actually tables with benches attached to them. Each of these was dedicated to a particular subject. Readers working in the library had to study the books in place. But it also operated a circulating system. Readers could sign books out, but they also had to take the chains that had held them to the table (a forceful reminder to bring them back); and the pope himself might write a recall notice if important texts were kept away too long. One could also lose one's privilege for climbing over the tables instead of walking around them or for other offenses. Pico della Mirandola, the brilliant 23-year-old philosopher who wrote a famous "Oration on the Dignity of Man," lost his privileges when his dissident theology shocked the papal curia.
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yeln (11504) 2010-03-15 1:37
wonderful sharpness of sight on the Vatican Library
very good pov and colors. TFS
congratulations for your work!
snunney (84983) 2010-03-15 2:13
A fine long perspective on this wonderfully decorated library. The detail is well captured under a good light and is splendid to behold.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-03-15 2:22
Nice interior with beautiful decorations, too bad you can't get good sharpness hand held, still at TE size it's acceptable
have a nice day jY
asajernigan (21298) 2010-03-15 3:00
This is a nicely composed shot of this fine library. The angle of the shot is great creating depth and direction by allowing us to see the repeating pattern formed by the columns. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness.
jlynx (12645) 2010-03-15 6:10
Good morning, Csaba.
Another, great picture, this time showing the Vatican Library. Due to the organization and its interior lighting picture was not easy to do. You gave cope with both the composition of the frame and tough light. The whole shown a very interesting and good perspective.
Have a nice day,Jurek
prabut (3548) 2010-03-15 9:36
Stunning interior. I did not have occasion to be there, but I hope that I will.
The magnificent frescoes on the ceiling. Nice light and beautiful colors. Very good POV and
excellent sharpness. Beautiful photo
raszid62 (18583) 2010-03-15 10:30
A gyönyörû belsõ tér a vatikáni könyvtár, milyen csodálatos díszítéssel és gyönyörû freskókkal. Nagy összetételét.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-03-15 10:45
Csodálatos látvány, a díszek, a fények, a kompozíció, mind gyönyörű. A jegyzet ugyancsak klassz, a WS fotót később is bemutathattad volna, nagyon szép változat.
Kellemes estét, szép hetet kívánok!
UI: metaxa? a gyógyulás érdekében akár már vodkát is szednék... :)
baddori (19965) 2010-03-15 11:30
Interior photography, with little natural light.
Excellent work that highlights details and requirements.
Great depth of field.
diomed (13926) 2010-03-15 12:43
nice perspective, great DOF, good balance between highlights and shadows, nice colours. The sharp could be a bit better, but it is a good capture.
Fis2 (86357) 2010-03-15 12:50
Wow, beautiful interior.
Super frame and perspective.
Excellent light and colors.
Sharpness ??? :(
Silvio1953 (123689) 2010-03-15 13:01
Ciao Csaba, splendid perspective on fantastic interior, wonderful colors, superb light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-03-21 0:53
Despite some lack of sharpness, it's a very beautiful picture with lovely details and colors
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6558)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-15
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony Alpha 200, sigma 18-125mm f/3,5-5,6 DC
- Exposure: f/4, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-03-15 1:23