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March 27, 1996

Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library


WHAT: "Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library"

WHEN: Monday, April 8, 1996

TIME: 10 a.m. to Noon

WHERE: The Southwest Gallery and Pavilion, Mezzanine Level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, the Library of Congress, 10 First Street, SE (Use entrance at top of stairs.)

You are cordially invited to a special press preview of "Dresden: Treasures from the Saxon State Library," with opening remarks by Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, and Dr. Juergen Chrobog, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.

This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see 185 priceless artifacts from the 15th century through the 19th century. These items, which survived the Dresden firebombings during World War II, have been largely unavailable and unknown to Westerners since 1936. The exhibition is the result of four years of collaboration and planning between the Saxon State Library and the Library of Congress.

The Saxon State Library began as a royal collection in Dresden, Germany, 440 years ago and became a public library in the 18th century. The treasures in this exhibition were chosen for their beauty, uniqueness and historical significance. Among the artifacts are illuminated manuscripts, etchings, maps, images of Dresden during its Golden Age, and a hand-colored woodcut engraving by master artist Albrecht Durer. Other highlights include original musical scores by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Carl Maria Weber, Johannes Brahms and Richard Wagner; and 30 items from the German Reformation, featuring the first German-language Bible, translated by Martin Luther.

The exhibition opens to the public on April 11 and runs through July 13, 1996.

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PR 96-48
ISSN 0731-3527

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