The Arab art of papermaking by hand came to Italy in the 13th century, specifically to the city of Fabriano. In “Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking” (Oak Knoll Press, in association with the Library of Congress, 2016) Sylvia Rodgers Albro discusses how the Italian city was well-positioned to develop as the heart of this artisan craft.
Albro will discuss and sign her work on Tuesday, March 7, at noon in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. This Books & Beyond event is co-sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book and Publishing Office. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
In her book, Albro describes details of the technical advancements introduced by Fabriano, including machinery, use of watermarks and improvements in the physical process of papermaking.
Sylvia Rodgers Albro is a senior paper conservator at the Library of Congress, where she works on the technical examination of works on paper from the Library’s collections of rare materials. She has spent time in Florence, Italy, where she first learned about art conservation.
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