Updated: March 20, 2014 05:39 PM GMT
An illustration from Dante's Divine Comedy by Sandro Botticelli (photo by CNS/Courtesy of the Vatican Library)
Thousands of rare manuscripts until now accessible only to scholars at the Vatican will go online over the next four years, thanks to help from a Japanese information technology company.Officials of NTT DATA Corporation and the Vatican Library announced their joint project at a news conference on Thursday.The library, founded by Pope Nicholas V in the 15th century, preserves some 82,000 manuscripts dating back to the early centuries of Christianity. Among its treasures are an illustrated edition of the works of the Roman poet Virgil, produced around the year 400, and illustrations of Dante's Divine Comedy by the 15th-century Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli.
Source: Catholic News Service
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