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March 30 – May 30
Book Museum (room 347)

The Book Museum will host the opening of an unusual exhibition titled"The Recreated Masterpiece" on March 30. A unique copper plate of the 17th century will be shown together with a portrait of the King and Grand Prince Jan III Sabieski recreated from it using the ancient technology of engraving for the first time.

Unfortunately, history was merciless to the Belarusian culture and until now almost no original plates, from which our ancestors made magnificent engravings in the 16th and 18th centuries, survived.

Thanks to Aleg Sudliankou, famous bibliophile, collector of engravings and exlibris Belarusians will have the opportunity to see not only the original plate, but also an engraving, recreated from it using ancient technology for the first time.

The 17th-century copper plate presented at the exhibition is made in the technique of engraving. This is one of ancient techniques of engraving on the metal, in which deep elements of an image are obtained with the aid of the sharp cutter. On the Belarusian lands, the name "medziaryt" (chalcography) was fixed for the metal engraving made on copper plates. Unfortunately, contemporary Belarusian masters no longer work in the technology of engraving on the metal. However, perfect Belarusian prints from copper plates (medziaryts) survived to this day. They are found in the old editions of the 17th and 18th centuries, and the best of them will also be presented at the exhibition.

The engraving technology and printing from the rare plate of the 17th century was reproduced by graphic artist Viktar Sauchanka and presented at the exhibition in the video format.

The opening of the exhibition will take place at 4 p.m. at the Book Museum (347). The exhibition will be on show until May 30, 2021.
The end date is subject to change.

The opening is free.

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.
Admission is by the library card or by the Social and Cultural Centre ticket.

Bibliology Research Department



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