The IEGPS, a joint centre of the CSIC and the Xunta de Galicia, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Father Sarmiento, is organising this bio-bibliographical exhibition in the upper cloister of the IEGPS.
The exhibition includes testimonies and publications representative of the studies dedicated to the figure and work of the Benedictine scholar and is completed with a detailed chrono-bio-bibliography that will help to contextualise and understand the singular significance of this enlightened Galician scholar.
Fray Martín Sarmiento was the son of Galician parents. He was born in Villafranca del Bierzo (León) on 9 March 1695 and died on 7 December 1772. Father Sarmiento's singular scientific capacity and erudition, as well as his total dedication to study and research, was reflected in a huge number of works and writings on the most diverse subjects: history, geography, palaeography, linguistics, bibliography, philosophy, agriculture, natural history, anthropology, ethics, law, education, politics, sociology... The common foundation of all this is the empirical method of the modern sciences, which is why he is considered - together with Father Feijóo, his fellow countryman and brother of the Order - one of the most outstanding Spanish enlightened men.