Collection Highlights, Reference


Catalogo Dei Librari D'Arte E D'Antichita is the catalog of the library of Conte Leopoldo Cicognara, held at the Vatican.  Because the title is long and complicated, it is often referred to simply as Cicognara.  The text is a guide to the microform collection, which the Ingalls Library holds in its reference collection, of roughly 5000 books on Art, Archaelogy, and related subjects.  The Cicognara Library collection includes books published from the birth of printing, until the nineteenth century.  It is considered one of the premier collections of its kind, thanks to the judicious selections of the Conte Cicognara.  Born in Ferrara in 1767, Leopoldo Cicognara was an artist, as well as a critic, historian, and theorist.  He published works on numerous topics, including his Storia della Scultura, available within the Cicognara microform collection.  Notably, he was the president of the fine arts academy in Venice, and helped to establish the Galleria dell'Accademia in Venice.  He died in 1834.  Thanks to a collaboration between the Vatican and the University of Illinois, this collection is available in multiple libraries worldwide.