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Milano, Biblioteca nazionale Braidense, ms. Castiglioni 5, c. 2v

march 11 2017

The Bettinelli Collection of the Biblioteca teresiana in Mantua


More than 2,000 letters of the Bettinelli Collection kept at the Teresian Library of Mantua are described in Manus Online The research and cataloging, realized by Giovanni Catalani - member of the Centro di Ricerca sugli Epistolari del Settecento (CRES, a research center on the letters of the XVIII century) - in partnership with the library and in the context of the Census of the manuscripts preserved in Lombardy, is an essential tool for scholars of the period which goes from the 40s of the eighteenth century to the whole 1808.


In fact, the Jesuit Saverio Bettinelli (1718-1808), one of the most important and discussed intellectuals of his age, entertained relations with a large number of eminent personalities from the cultural, political and religious world of the eighteenth century, including many other Jesuits and ex-Jesuits.


The letters preserved In Mantua reflect the esteem which he was receiving from many intellectuals, e.g. Francesco Algarotti, Ugo Foscolo, Vincenzo Monti, Giuseppe Parini, Voltaire.






In a famous letter reproduced on the side, among those kept in the Teresian Library, Voltaire gave to Bettinelli, poet born in Mantua, the title of 'secretary of Virgil'.