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Christina of Sweden and Rome

· An exhibition at The Royal Armoury of Stockholm dedicated to the Queen and the manuscripts of her collection ·

“Cultural institutions experience the beauty of meeting and collaboration in the most varied contexts: it is the  universality of knowledge itself that encourages this understanding and this sharing”.

This is what the Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library has written in the catalogue of the exhibition, “Images of Christina”, at The Royal Armoury in Stockholm which runs from 19 April 2013 to 5 January 2014.

“The Vatican Library”,  continues Mons. Cesare Pasini, “ is happy and grateful to be able to keep up relationships and contacts with institutions in every part of the world. Culture in fact creates expressions and promotes roads of understanding, cooperation, sharing, and the harmonious planning of initiatives and projects. There is at a fundamental level, a shared awareness of the value of the conservation of each respective cultural heritage, of the importance of putting it at the service of humanity, of the benefit which comes from all serious and substantiated research and of the importance of investing resources and energy in projects which promote that same cultural patrimony”.

The exhibition on one of the most complex and interesting figures in Swedish history — the Queen “without a country”, born in Stockholm in the year 1626 — opens on the anniversary of her death, which occurred in Rome on 19 April 1689.

The knowledge of Queen Christina is presented to the public with a multitude of works and styles: from portraits of the period to contemporary art, from sound installations to ancient manuscripts from the Reginense Latin collection in the Vatican Library.

Through the desire and commitment of the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation di Stockholm, between the spring of 2008 and October 2010, 170 manuscripts and 96 printed volumes of the Reginense Latin Collection of the Vatican Library were restored. It will therefore be possible to see a part of the restored manuscripts at The Royal Armoury, whereas a small collection of them will be on display in Stockholm Cathedral.

Two articles are published in the daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano. The first, by the Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, is from the exhibition catalogue, while in the second we are publishing in advance is the discourse which the Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library will deliver at the inauguration of the exhibition on 18 April.




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