Vespasiano da Bisticci: The Bookseller of Florence
Presented by Ross King
Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Date & Time:
Thursday, April 15, 2021 / 11:00 am ET (8:00 am PT)

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EXCLUSIVE WEBINAR | “Vespasiano da Bisticci: The Bookseller of Florence”
Presented by Ross King
Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Mention of Renaissance Florence tends to make us think of beautiful frescoes and altarpieces, of snow-white marble statues and Brunelleschi’s dome rising above the city’s cathedral. But Renaissance Florence had other heroes, too: manuscript hunters, teachers, scribes, scholars, librarians, and book collectors. What all of these bookworms had in common was “the king of the world’s booksellers,” Vespasiano da Bisticci. In this illustrated lecture, based on his latest book, The Bookseller of Florence, Ross King will introduce Vespasiano. For fifty years, from the 1430s to the 1480s, he ran a bookstore beside the Bargello, producing hundreds of beautiful illuminated manuscripts for clients such as the Medici and the popes, and penning a gossipy memoir that offers unparalleled insights into Florence’s “golden age.”

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Please note:

  • Your participation is confirmed once you have purchased your ticket. You will receive the Zoom link to join the presentation circa 30 minutes before the start time.
  • Space is limited for this lecture; only the first 1,000 people to click the “BOOK NOW” link will be able to tune in.
  • VIDEO RECORDING of the webinar will be available for unlimited streaming at your convenience for 7 days after the event.