Biblioteca di Admont, Austria

1994, Printed Later
Archival lambda color photograph

Signed, titled, dated and from edition of 5 on artist’s label on verso.

Available in 3 sizes: 100 x 120 cm. (39.4 x 47.2 in.), 120 x 150 cm. (47.2 x 59.1 in.), 180 x 225 cm. (70.9 x 88.6 in.)

Massimo Listri’s photograph of the Biblioteca di Admont in Austria presents a captivating view of the library, with light streaming in from both sides and illuminating the expansive space. The centered perspective draws the viewer’s eye into the next room, highlighting the library’s vastness and grandeur.

Located in the Benedictine monastery in Admont, Styria, Austria, the library has been a repository of knowledge for nearly a millennium. Established in 1074 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg, the monastery quickly became a center of scholarly activity and manuscript production. The oldest holdings of the library date back to Archbishop Gebhard’s time, including treasures such as the Admont Giant Bible and illuminated manuscripts.

Over the centuries, the library’s collection grew significantly, encompassing precious manuscripts, early printed works, and more than 200,000 printed books. The library’s architecture reflects its rich history and cultural significance, modeled after the Imperial Court Library in Vienna and designed by architect Josef Hueber.

The interior of the library is adorned with stunning frescoes by artists such as Bartolomeo Altomonte, depicting themes of Divine Wisdom and human knowledge. Sculptures by Josef Stammel further enhance the library’s ornate decor, creating a space that embodies the spirit of the Enlightenment.

Today, the Biblioteca di Admont stands as a testament to centuries of book culture and scholarly pursuit, housing a remarkable collection that continues to inspire visitors from around the world. Listri’s photograph captures the timeless beauty and intellectual legacy of this historic monument of knowledge.