Partly originated from the Mazarin Palace, whose foundation dates back to the 17th century, the Richelieu site of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is a symbolic landmark of the national library's history. It currently goes through its first and tricentennial overall renovation called "Richelieu Renaissance Project".
After achieving the 3D dizitization of the BnF's ancient terrestrial and celestial globes in 2016, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) has been taking part in the Richelieu Renaissance Project as the only technical mecenat partner from Asia. It collaborates with BnF to create digital archives of the library's heritage. The archived assets include collections that BnF's MMA (Coins, Medals and Antiques) Department inherited from Louis XV Collection Room constructed between the 1720s and 1740s, and a selection of historical spaces located in the library. It is a great honor for DNP to present those archives in Tokyo to share a new way to enjoy art and culture before the re-opening of the Site in Paris.
The display of six objects - including the "Berthouville Treasure", discovered almost intact in the remains of a Gallo-Roman temple in the 19th century and considered as a collection of the most beautiful silver artworks from ancient times - will invite you to discover their historical trail and background. The cutting-edge technology of DNP Museum Lab offers a unique experience of appreciating objects in their virtual version, observing a collection from any desired angles, and encountering unexpected knowledge by learning how the objects are related to each other. Tracing the origin of the collection will lead you to reflect on France's history, discover the world's art history and deepen your understanding of how archeology has evolved as an emerging field of science.
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