(ANSA) – TRIESTE, 14 SEPTEMBER – A window opens on the Miramare library and its treasure chest of books never revealed on botany, flowers, plants, gardens. A series of volumes that reveals the interests and knowledge of those who conceived the garden of the Castle in his most intimate inspiration: Maximilian and Charlotte of Habsburg. It is the Ars Botanica – Giardini di Carta exhibition, which opens today and will be open until 11 June 2023.
“The exhibition – explains the director of the Historical Museum and the Miramare Castle Park and curator of the exhibition, Andreina Contessa – tells us about an important century, the nineteenth century, for scientific discoveries, explorations and innovations in printing techniques. shows there are interesting examples, books that were an inspiration for Massimiliano and Carlotta, as they reflect their intellectual, cultural, artistic and scientific experiences. To what extent the library reflects the garden and how the Miramare Park is inspired by the books that make up the Library? Ars Botanica was born from the desire to answer this question “.
Maximilian of Habsburg collected thousands of volumes that make up the Library to this day. A passion that he shared with his wife, Charlotte of Belgium, and which constitutes the starting point and study for the construction of the Miramare botanical garden. At least a hundred books are dedicated to botany and it is on these volumes that the management of the Museum has started a study that has merged into the exhibition that opens today.
A section of the exhibition is dedicated to Maximilian’s wife, Charlotte of Belgium, who played a decisive role in the choice of plants and essences that were planted in the Park. From her personal library come books, which she brought from Brussels to Miramare and which are part of a trend of great fashion in the nineteenth century, “botany for ladies”. Among these, on display in Miramare are the volumes by Pierre-Joseph Redouté dedicated to roses. Among the books there are also some with a scientific approach and dedicated to study, such as the series of Jardin di Plantes, destined for the botanical garden in Paris. (HANDLE).
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