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BIBLIOTECA MARCIANA

BIBLIOTECA MARCIANA
Venice, Italy
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BACKGROUND

Venice’s Biblioteca Marciana stands as a symbol of the city’s wealth and its long tradition of civic investment in intellectual and artistic pursuits. The building’s construction began in 1537 and was completed over the next 50 years. The library, designed by Jacopo Sansovino, houses one of the world’s greatest collections of classical manuscripts. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 1967, WMF began conservation work in the ground floor library, mint, and entrance hall, where stucco and marble stonework were retouched, and cracking architraves were reinforced with iron girders. Later efforts in the 1980s focused on the library’s antisala, which was used at various times as a classroom for Greek and Latin languages, and a public museum of classical sculpture. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Biblioteca Marciana is one of the most celebrated of Venice’s historic monuments, and its antisala demands special attention for its architectural prominence and decorative achievement. (...)