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Restored treasures from the Rhine Renaissance

The Bibliothèque Humaniste de Sélestat is an original institution in the French library landscape, both because of the origin of its precious collections (marginally resulting from revolutionary confiscations) and because of its ancient museum vocation. Since the middle of the 19th century, it has pursued a policy of promoting its collections through a permanent exhibition, showing the most precious books, remnants of the golden age that the city of Selestat experienced in the 15th and 16th centuries. It also seemed appropriate, in the absence of a full-fledged museum, to enhance the exhibition of books with various works of art, such as statues, paintings and even archaeological finds. The exhibition "Restored Treasures of the Rhine Renaissance", conceived in the framework of a partnership between the City of Selestat and the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Grand Est region, provides an opportunity to study, in the wake of the exhibition "What is this thing? Journey to the heart of the library's curiosities" (presented at the Bibliothèque Humaniste on 15 September 31 December 2018), the links that art collections have maintained with the Selestadian written heritage.

The exhibition will present both works belonging to the Humanist Library, but also works from Bas-Rhine of various origins. These works all date from the first half of the 16th century, are classified as Historic Monuments and have recently been restored, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Humanist Library and its art collections.

This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs and the Regional Conservation of Historic Monuments
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