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The name of this workshop comes from the Latin word “incunabula,” the collective name of all the objects that are part of a “cuna," the cradle, specifically referring to the swaddling cloth where the babies where wrapped, therefore for metonymy, the cradle itself, the origin.
As soon as you enter this small workshop, you will feel transported to the silence of the ancient atmospheres of conventual mysticism that is traced on the ancient scrolls and manuscripts. Presses, cutters, looms: everything here is strictly vintage in the style of the ancient bottegas. The ceiling is covered with copper sheets that give the space warmth and a special lighting. We are in the very special kingdom-shelter of Milica Popovic.
Milica Popovic was born in 1967 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In July 1993 she graduated in Technology from the University of Belgrade with an equivalent degree of the University of Milan. The same year, she left her country of origin to move to the city of art, Florence, where she started to express her creative side moving her first steps in the world of restoration, first as a pupil, then as a teacher, at the National Library of Florence. This experience helped her to discover her deep love for art and for the recovery of the artistic and humanistic heritage.
In April 1998 she was recognized by the Minister of Cultural Affairs of Italy as restorer of ancient books at the Institute for the pathology of the book “Alfonso Gallo” in Roma. On March 24th 1999, in the Bottega degli Artisti in the historic palazzo in the Piazza Donatello, 29 in Florence she started the Incunabolo, her little jewel. The activity to which Miliac Popovic devotes herself with genuine passion is the care and the recovery of manuscripts and incunabula, of ancient codes and of ancient and rare printed books, of the archival and library documents giving back a life and a presence to a precious material that would otherwise be condemned to oblivion.