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Gerardus Johannes Vossius (1577-1649)

On 17 March it was 350 years ago that Gerardus Johannes Vossius died. Together with Caspar Barlaeus he founded the Athenaeum Illustre, the precursor of the University of Amsterdam. On 8 January 1632 Gerardus Johannes Vossius held the inaugural lecture De utilitate historiae (On the use of history) in the Agnietenkapel. Since then UvA has always celebrated its Dies Natalis around this date.

In 1877 the Remonstrant Church of Amsterdam gave the use of Vossius's estate to the University Library. On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of his death the University Libary has organized an exhibition about Vossius, Vossius: past and future: a great scholar and the conservation of his manuscripts. Besides a display of objects concerning his life and work (manuscripts and prints, paintings, engravings, coins), the exhibition also pays attention to the restoration of manuscripts in the Vossius collection.

For background information please see the interesting articles [in Dutch] by Arjen Fortuin, published in Folia nr. 28 (19 March 1999), about UvA founding father Gerard Vossius, about his biographer Cor Rademakers, and about the University Library exhibition.

The exhibition can be visited until 29 April in the exhibition room of the University Library.


Last modified: 31 March 1999   Golden oldies
Editor: Lidie Koeneman