by Beatrice Thornton
Libraries are magical -- their scent alone is of a higher order -- and certainly can’t be replicated in the digital age, despite the wonders of the iBooks app for the iPad. The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Avenue, as if celebrating the recent restoration of its Charles Follen McKim-designed High Renaissance-style library building, is now presenting a small exhibition entitled “Great European Libraries: Photographs by Massimo Listri
,” Dec. 10, 2010-Jan. 9, 2011. These 23 large-format color Lambda prints, all made between 1989 and 2009 by the accomplished Florence-based architectural photographer, take you right inside each of these galleries, momentarily at least, and it is hard to resist taking a deep breath in hopes of being able to smell the spaces as well.