Massimo Listri. The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries. 40th Ed.
In this rapturous photographic journey, Massimo Listri travels to some of the oldest and finest libraries to celebrate their architectural and historical wonder. From medieval to 19th-century, from private to monastic, this is a cultural-historical pilgrimage to the heart of our halls of learning and the stories they tell.
Born in Florence in 1953, Massimo Listri began his professional career as a photographer working for art and architecture magazines. During the course of his career he has created over 70 books, collaborating with the most prestigious European and international publishers. For the last few years he has devoted himself to exhibiting his art around the world.
Elisabeth Sladek studied Art History in Vienna, Classical Archaeology and Judaic Studies and wrote her dissertation at the Max Planck Institute in Rome. Her special field is the history of the Baroque art and architecture and she is an active researcher and teacher, among others in Vienna, Rome and Zurich. She also publishes regularly on the respective themes.
After studying history, German language and literature, education and philosophy, Georg Ruppelt gained his PhD with a doctoral thesis on Friedrich Schiller. He subsequently worked as a librarian, becoming deputy director of the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel in 1987, and director of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek in Hanover from 2002 to 2016. Ruppelt has published over 400 essays and 40 monographs on the subject of books, library science, and cultural history.