Quote of the week
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
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Last week’s answer: Because the queen has reigned for years
The Laurentian Library
The Laurentian Library is a library in Florence, Italy that is renowned for its historic value and the prestigious collection of books that it houses. Situated in the Brunelleschi cloister of the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, one of the largest churches in Florence, it houses more than 11,000 manuscripts and 4,500 printed books belonging to the private library of the Medici family.
The library was in fact built under the patronage of the Medici pope, Clement VII, in order to highlight the Medici family as members of intelligent and ecclesiastical society and not mere merchants. The architecture of the library was planned and built by renowned Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance and one of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo.
The construction of the library began in 1525 and by the time Michelangelo left Florence, in 1534, only the walls of the reading room were complete. The remaining work was carried out by Michelangelo’s followers Giorgio Vasari and Bartolommeo Ammannati with the help of Michelangelo’s plans and verbal instructions.
Although construction was incomplete, it was opened to scholars by Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1571. The architecture of the library is said to be an example of Mannerism or the High Renaissance, a period of European art between 1520 and 1580.The library was built with a Vestibule, also known as the “ricetto”, a staircase and a reading room, which contains two blocks of seats separated by an aisle.
A few of the well-known manuscripts housed in the Laurentian Library include,
● Nahuatl Florentine Codex, the major source of pre-Conquest Aztec life
● Syriac Rabula Gospels
● The Codex Amiatinus, earliest surviving manuscript of the Latin Vulgate Bible
● The Squarcialupi Codex, single largest primary source of music of 14th century Italy
● The Erinna Papyrus, containing poems of Greek lyric poet Sappho.
Calling out all the Bookworms across the country!
Welcome to Creative Corner where all creativity and fun exist. Each week we’re giving you the opportunity to write a short story or a poem related to the given topic and the best story or poem will be featured in our page next week (or the week after). So grab your pens, notebooks and thinking caps and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to The Nation when you’re done.
Happy writing Bookworms!
Topic : One deep, dark forest
Deadline : August 27, 2015
Diana Wynne Jones was a British children’s fantasy author of over a hundred books that have gained huge success all over the world. She was born on August 16, 1934 in London, England to parents Marjorie and Richard Aneurin Jones. She also had two younger sisters named Isobel and Ursula.
During her childhood, Jones and her family had to move from place to place due to the World War II but finally settled down in Essex and Jones was enrolled at Friends School Saffron Walden. Her secondary education was taken at the St. Anne’s College, where she graduated with a degree in English. After college, she married John Burrow and had three sons.
Shortly after, she started writing stories for both adults and children. Jones also received many awards such as the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for her huge contribution towards literature.
Diana Jones passed away on March 26, 2011 due to a lung cancer.
Castle in the Air
Dark Lord of Derkholm
The Magicians of Caprona
Girls’ High School