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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Leopoldo Cicognara
by Alissa Hafele

In 1824 Conte Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1834), a poet, amateur artist and a founding father of the discipline of art history, sold his collection of over 5,000 volumes on the subjects of art, architecture, and classical archaeology to the Vatican Library. This collection, the largest in the field at the time, brings together volumes dating from the beginning of printing to Cicognara’s time that include engravings, instructions on drawing and painting, books and pamphlets on museums and private collections, sale catalogs, and much more.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Stanford Music Department and Archive of Recorded Sound are pleased to announce the launch of the Player Piano Project at Stanford University. The Player Piano Project will promote study and research into all aspects relating to the player piano and organ, especially as they relate to historically informed performance practice of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Project seeks to bring together researchers, musicians, and others interested in contributing to knowledge of the player piano and organ. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Field Reading Room, Special Collections

Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin, and the Underworld is on display through December 1 at the Cantor Arts Center. Curator Bernard Barryte included a number of rare books from Special Collections, such as early illustrated editions of Milton’s Paradise Lost, in the exhibition, which celebrates the arrival on campus of Jackson Pollock’s Lucifer, one of the most important works in the new Anderson Collection at Stanford University.

Grand Prix de Spa Grand Touring Race, 1959. A digital trove of images of automobiles, auto racing and car culture provides a rich resource for designers, engineers and cultural scholars.

In a roundup of motoring news from the Web, including rollout and pricing of new models, The New York Times acknowledged the vital role of Stanford’s Revs Digital Library in preserving automotive history. Revs was also described as a “fantastically curated” collection by autoblog.

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