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A NEW MICHELANGELO BOOK YOU CAN NEVER DOWNLOAD

By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 1 DECEMBER 2008 - This year marks the 500th anniversary of the painting of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. The Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari pays homage to the genius of Michelangelo Buonarroti launching the bookwonderful series with the publication of Michelangelo: La dotta mano (Michelangelo: The Learned Hand). The first book in this luxurious collection of limited edition works has arrived in the United States as a donation to the New York Public Library. Marilena Ferrari, chairman of the book's publisher, Gruppo FMR hopes that the book documents the Civiltà della Bellezza, a program started by Ms. Ferrari, the objective of which is "to promote a profound ethical, cultural, and social renewal, that restores importance to the concept of beauty as both an ethical and aesthetic value."


Michelangelo: La dotta mano
© Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library

Only thirty-three copies of Michelangelo: La dotta mano will be published worldwide with each commanding a price of 100,000 euros ($125,000). A bas-relief stands out on the cover, faithfully reproducing the Madonna della Scala (Madonna of the Steps) by Michelangelo (c. 1490), executed in statuary marble extracted from Il Polvaccio quarries, the same quarries from which Buonarroti obtained his own marble. Every detail of the work, from the silk velvet material, to the decorated paper of the inner cover flaps, to the silk-screen prints, to the printing and the binding seek to document the extremely careful design and absolute value of the craftsmanship.


Michelangelo: La dotta mano
© Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library

The Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari donated a copy of the Michelangelo:La dotta mano to the Prado Museum on 19 June 2008, and donated another copy to the City Council of Bologna, the city where the Foundation headquarters are based.

The first official donation in the United States took place earlier today in New York at a donation ceremony, during which Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari president Marilena Ferrari presented Michelangelo: La dotta mano to Paul LeClerc, President of The New York Public Library, which is one of the most distinguished American libraries. The work will become an active part of the collection of the Rare Books Division, which houses approximately 130,000 titles, covering five centuries of printing - from the 1450s to the present-and representing Continental Europe, England, and the America.


Michelangelo: La dotta mano
© Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library

From 2 December through 8 December 2008, the Michelangelo: La dotta mano will be on display for public view at The New York Public Library, in the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, together with a video detailing the making of the book.

Founded in 2008, the Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari promotes the values that inspire the work of FMR Group. It supports the development of the numerous activities initiated by Group in the cultural, social, and educational spheres. The Foundation carries out research, general and specialized educational activities, promotional initiatives, and preservation of Italian and European cultural and artistic heritage, especially pertaining to the excellence of Italian craftsmanship and of the art of the book.

Michelangelo: La dotta mano
2 - 8 December 2008
New York Public Library
Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (1) 917 275 69 75

Fondazione FMR-Marilena Ferrari

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