Aristotle is arguably the single most important philosopher in the western tradition. For centuries, his works dominated inquiry into science, logic, metaphysics, ethics, and politics. This intimate exhibition showcases more than 30 rare books and manuscripts—many of which have never been on view before—from the collection of Martin J. Gross, with a focus on the early modern period in Europe (1500-1800). Their pages heavily annotated by contemporary readers, the works on display document how individuals wrestled with Aristotle in so many ways. The centerpiece is the multi-volume printing of Aristotle’s works in their original Greek by the noted printer and publisher, Aldus Manutius of Venice. (Curated by Michael Ryan, Sue Ann Weinberg Director Emeritus of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library)
A richly illustrated exhibition catalog—available from the NYHistory Store—includes an introductory essay by Princeton University scholar Benjamin Morison.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.