Ambrosiana

Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus)
f. 307 verso

Representation of the last part
of the “ludo geometrico”
(openwork pattern of stars and roses)

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
1510-1515
(detail)

Class of Near Eastern Studies

The Class of Near Eastern Studies, established by the Chancellor Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi in 2009, comprises four sections of Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew and Syriac Studies. Each section follows its own programme and extensively studies linguistic, literary, historical and cultural topics in its sector, following a long tradition of the College of Fellows.

Oriental studies have been strongly rooted in the Ambrosiana since the origins of the collections of manuscripts and ancient prints assembled for Federico Borromeo by his delegates, including Michele Maronita and Domenico Gerosolimitano, who bought books for him from Corfu, Crete, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Cairo and other cities in the Near East and North Africa.

The founder of the Ambrosiana personally cultivated such studies, being interested in Arabic, Syriac and Hebrew, rabbinical exegesis, Jewish philosophy and the Kabbala. The rich fund of books of an Oriental character includes polyglot codices, many of them richly illuminated and dealing with history, science and literature. Hence the proceedings of this Class are inspired by a heritage of extraordinary value, including other cultures such as Iran and Islam, with its disciplines embracing the history of art and science, the miniature and codicology.

Academicians

In the Classis Orientalis, Arabists, Armenists, Biblicists, Hebraists and Syriacists work together, promoting publications, seminars and research in keeping their specific areas of competence. The 15 founding Academicians in 2009 have been joined today by another 65 from 14 different countries.

Academic activities

The activities, on the impulse of the Academic Board, the Executive Council, the Scholarly Committee and the Academic Secretariat, in harmony with the general orientation given by the President of the Academy, concern the annual Academic Dies (2009-2018), publications of miscellaneous volumes in the “Orientalia Ambrosiana” series, and initiatives of study, cataloguing and research. The principal seminars and summer courses have focused on Arabic and Jewish codicology and palaeography, the Syriac manuscripts in the Ambrosiana and Arab philosophy. The Academician Renato Traini, meritorious for the original impulse that he gave to the Ambrosian Academy, bequeathed his library of Arabic studies to the Ambrosiana.
In the Class, academic partnerships are active with the Saint Ephrem Ecumenical Research Institute (SEERI) of Kottayam, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Tel Aviv.

WHAT’S ON

THE PROJECT “CODEX ATLANTICUS” WINS THE WEBBY AWARD

Ambrosiana

IL PROGETTO CODEX ATLANTICUS SI AGGIUDICA IL WEBBY AWARD

Il progetto "Codex Atlanticus" è stato premiato nella categoria "Data Visualization".

29/05/2020
NEWS
AUTOGRAPH WRITINGS BY FAMOUS WOMEN FROM THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

Ambrosiana

AUTOGRAPH WRITINGS BY FAMOUS WOMEN FROM THE AMBROSIANA COLLECTIONS

The exhibition shows a series of autograph documents of prominent women kept in the Ambrosiana.

30/05/2020-06/09/2020
Exhibition
ANATOMY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO LEONARDO DA VINCI

Ambrosiana

ANATOMY FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO LEONARDO DA VINCI

The exhibition presents a selection of volumes that trace the history of medical studies from the beginning of the millennium to the time when Leonardo da Vinci was active, together with seven sheets of the Atlantic Code of anatomical subject.

30/05/2020-06/09/2020
Exhibition
THE PINACOTECA REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC!

Pinacoteca

THE PINACOTECA REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC!

The rooms of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana will reopen to the public on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May, Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 June 2020 at reduced prices. The crypt of San Sepolcro has been closed until a later date.

21/05/2020
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THE READING ROOM OF THE LIBRARY REOPENS

Biblioteca

THE READING ROOM OF THE LIBRARY REOPENS

Here access rules and procedures

21/05/2020
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THE STATUE OF SAINT CHARLES IN ARONA REOPENS

Ambrosiana

THE SAN CARLO STATUE IN ARONA OPENS AGAIN

The San Carlo Statue in Arona opens again on May 30 according to a precise calendar...

21/05/2020
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