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A Bible and heresy The Ariostea library keeps a treasure which caused discussions, all the more up-to-date when acquired. Thanks to the information provided by a noted book collector, Renzo Bonfiglioli, in 1959 the Municipality of Ferrara acquired a treasure of history and culture: the Biblia Latina annotated by Girolamo Savonarola, when a novice in Ferrara, between 1479 and 1482.
"Nebbia" by Andrea Veronese Love defeated by political fervour in Ferrara through the 1950 s. The novel Nebbia [Fog] by Andrea Veronese held me enthralled from its very first pages, encouraging me to have it published as part of the Corbo literature series. The book makes an impact right from the very first scenes, where the focus gradually narrows down onto the events that unfolded in Ferrara between 22 October and  8  December 1954, when
Dancing Ferrara dance venues, from debutante balls to Latin-American nights. In his book A question of stature. The story of a boy who grew too much, Gaetano Tumiati brings us back to a Ferrara of the thirties and forties, when young people met in exclusive places to dance the tango, waltz, mazurka, and the rumba.
Update on the Costabili collection The research on collecting never stops. This article will provide an update on the Costabili collection in view of new information that has emerged over the last 10 years on works that have often only been recently identified as forming part of the Costabili collection.
I was born in the F.lli Navarra Agricultural College Or: how I found my forgotten birthplace, during a professional visit I was born in Malborghetto di Boara (Municipality of Ferrara) on 26 December 1926, in the F.lli Navarra agricultural college. My father had taken over management of the college a few months previously, having transferred from the Fabriano agricultural college.


Written by  Alfredo Santini

This issue covers a wide range of topics that are as intriguing as they are diverse. In addition to the fabled splendour of the Ferrara Renaissance period, the articles also deal with topics that are less well known, but equally interesting. Starting with the books: from the historical purchase of the famous Savonarola bible, now a prized possession of the Ariostea Library, to a review of Nebbia by Andrea Veronese, a Ferrara writer, and an analysis of the "swindlers' dinner" from Il Mulino del Po by Bacchelli. We then quickstep our way into the memories of many of our readers, who danced in the locales in vogue between the nineteen hundreds and the present day. We then touch on developments in the research of the Costabili Collection. Staying in the world of art, Andrea Marchesi gives an account of the complex study of a bust of Ercole II; Micaela Torboli provides a new interpretation of a well known, controversial picture by Girolamo da Carpi, and Paolo Cenci helps us re-discover an unusual geometrical structure in a Ferrara fresco dating from the XIII century. This multifaceted issue also contains articles on meteorites, nervous disorders, the Ferrara dialect, the cinema, science from times past and youthful memories. Finally, it reports on the Cassa di Risparmio and Foundation general meetings, including the reappointment of the senior figures and the board of directors: Sergio Lenzi took over from Alfredo Santini as chairman of the bank, and Piero Puglioli took over from Sergio Lenzi at the Foundation. New developments as the wheels spin round, but hopefully Ferrara will continue to act as the focal point. The organisational structure of the magazine has not changed, from the editor to the secretary.