The American Academy’s fall 2010 series of walks and site visits for Fellows concluded on Tuesday 21 December, with a behind-the-scenes look at Rome’s most elegant public library, the Biblioteca Casanatense on Via S. Ignazio. The Dominicans of the monastery of Santa Maria sopra Minerva founded the Biblioteca in 1701, actualizing an endowment of Cardinal Girolamo Casanata (1620-1700). Since its inception, the Library has been open to the general public; the Ministry of Culture presently supervises its operations. Sabina Fiorenzi hosted the AAR group, and Andrea Cappa led the tour of the Biblioteca.
This fall AAR Fellows, Residents and visitors have had the opportunity to join almost a dozen such programmed walks in Rome and environs; even more will follow in the spring. This past series, organized by AAR Mellon Professor Corey Brennan FAAR’88, benefited significantly from presentations by current Fellows, as well as from the help of many expert outside collaborators. (more…)