Dr. Raphaële Mouren (British School at Rome/Warburg Institute/Centre Gabriel Naudé) and Dr. Rosa Maria Piccione (University of Turin) have received a research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC for a project on Greek manuscripts in Renaissance Venice: the library of Guillaume Pellicier and its contribution to Europe’s intellectual heritage.

In collaboration with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the British Museum, the objective of this ambitious project is to reconstruct, contextualise and make accessible the library of Pellicier, bishop and ambassador of François Ier in Venice. Mainly composed of Greek manuscripts, copied during his stay in Venice (1539-42) and now for the most part in Berlin, the library documents the survival and organisation of manuscripts copied in the age of printing.

The 4-year project, to begin in October 2022, will catalogue, study and analyse of the collection and make the records available on the online German catalogue of manuscripts, Manuscripta Medievalia, and on Research Space, the British Museum Cidoc-CRM platform; the manuscripts, digitised by the StaBi, will be made available on the digital libraries of the StaBi and the Warburg Institute.

Dr Raphaële Mouren applied for the grant whilst she was the Warburg's librarian and we are pleased to be hosting the project despite the fact that she has now moved on to the British School at Rome.