The Center is open by appointment.
Call +39 041 528 5247 or email
venice@savevenice.org

Research & Restoration Roundtables
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Rosand Library & Study Center at Save Venice

The Rosand Library and Study Center at Save Venice provides an intimate, welcoming research resource on art and culture in Venice. Its nucleus is the library of David Rosand (1938-2014), a pre-eminent professor of art history at Columbia University and valued Save Venice Board Member, who had an abiding love for Venice and her art. The library is supplemented by Save Venice’s restoration files, which document more than four decades of conservation projects, as well as the photographic archives of restorations. Together, these form a resource center that mirrors Rosand’s passions in Venice: scholarship and restoration. A program of seminars, lectures, and workshops further fulfills Save Venice’s educational mission. In keeping with the spirit of scholarly generosity of the family whose name we bear, the Rosand Library and Study Center is available to anyone doing research in Venice.

A Short History

The Rosand Library and Study Center was established in 2014 when David Rosand bequeathed his library to Save Venice with the stipulation that it be housed in Venice. Rosand began to build his library during his years as a graduate student in art history at Columbia. His collection now numbers four thousand volumes and includes a variety of rare books, along with offprints, dissertations, and journals. While the focus of the library is Venetian Studies, the collection reflects the breadth of Rosand’s interests, which range from Chinese calligraphy to Abstract Expressionism. David Rosand and his family entrusted the establishment and organization of the library to Save Venice, under the leadership of Mary E. Frank, who was first a student, later a fellow Save Venice board member, and always a friend.  As chair of the Save Venice Education Committee, Frank oversaw the cataloguing of the books in New York and their move to Save Venice’s new Venetian headquarters in Palazzo Contarini Polignac.

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, both local and international supporters joined Save Venice to commemorate the official inauguration of the Rosand Library & Study Center (RLSC). The RLSC, which houses the lifetime of books collected by esteemed art historian and longtime Save Venice Project Director David Rosand, now adjoins the Venice office and its archives of over four decades of conservation documentation and photographs, forming a truly unique resource for scholars of Venetian art. Save Venice extends its heartfelt thanks for the generosity and support of the Rosand family, the Frank Family Charitable Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and all of the many contributors who made the founding of the RLSC possible. The library is now open by appointment only. For more information about scheduling your visit, please contact us at venice@savevenice.org.

Support us and add a page to our book

The name of every donor to the Rosand Library and Study Center will be inscribed in a Golden Book, in commemoration of their desire to perpetuate the legacy of learning that David Rosand embraced. Like the Golden Book known as the Libro d’Oro that recorded the names of Venetian noble dynasties, this volume will document your place in the Save Venice family. Your name will be inscribed by a calligrapher on a page size commensurate with your gift. The book will be displayed in the library reading room, an enduring record of the founding donors. Save Venice invites you to make a contribution to the Rosand Library and Study Center by completing the attached form. For additional information please call the New York office at 212.737.3141 or the Venice office at 39.041.528.5247.

Visiting the Study Center

The Rosand Library and Study Center is located in Palazzo Contarini Polignac at the Save Venice office in Venice. Anyone who wishes to use the Center is required to complete a registration form and provide photo identification for security purposes. The Library is open by appointment only, Monday through Friday. Please email venice@savevenice.org to schedule a visit. The books are available for browsing but do not circulate. The catalogue will be available on WorldCat resources and can be viewed by clicking here. Restoration and photographic archive files are available upon request. Each book in the Rosand collection has a bookplate that bears an ensō, created in David’s memory by his dear friend Stephen Addis. Drawn in a single brushstroke, the ensō expresses a moment of spiritual freedom, enlightenment, and serenity.

Roundtables

Inauguration June 1, 2015

Rosand Library & Study Center at Save Venice

The Center is open by appointment.
Call +39 041 528 5247 or email
venice@savevenice.org

Fall 2016 Events: Research & Restoration Roundtables

Join us for informal dialogues between restorers and art historians on Save Venice restoration projects. (Sessions in Italian)

Wed, Sept 14, 5:30pm
TBC

Wed, Oct 19, 5:30pm
Claudia Vittori,
Conservator
Il Restauro della Maestà del Maestro di Badia a Isola

Wed, Nov 16, 5:30pm
TBC

Incontri Belliniani
Thu, Sept 15 & Thu, Oct 13

5:00 – 6:30pm

The Rosand Library and Study Center at Save Venice (established in 2014) provides an intimate, welcoming research resource on art and culture in Venice. Its nucleus is the library of David Rosand (1938-2014), a pre-eminent professor of art history at Columbia University and valued Save Venice Board Member, who had an abiding love for Venice and her art. The library is supplemented by Save Venice’s restoration files, which document more than four decades of conservation projects, as well as the photographic archives of restorations.

A Short History

The Rosand Library and Study Center was established when David Rosand bequeathed his library to Save Venice with the stipulation that it be housed in Venice. Rosand began to build his library during his years as a graduate student in art history at Columbia University. His collection, focusing onVenetian Studies, now numbers four thousand volumes and includes a variety of rare books, along with offprints, dissertations, and journals. David Rosand and his family entrusted the establishment and organization of the library to Save Venice, under the leadership of Mary E. Frank, who was first a student, later a fellow Save Venice board member, and always a friend.  As chair of the Save Venice Education Committee, Frank oversaw the cataloguing of the books and their installation in Venice.

Visiting the Study Center

The Rosand Library and Study Center is located in Palazzo Contarini Polignac at the Save Venice office in Venice. Anyone who wishes to use the Center is required to complete a registration form and provide photo identification for security purposes. The Library is open by appointment only, Monday through Friday. Please email venice@savevenice.org to schedule a visit. The books are available for browsing but do not circulate.