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Exhibition “Mito. Dei ed Eroi”
April 6 - July 14
The configuration of the palace and its magnificent decorations with mythological themes have suggested an original exhibition itinerary that aims to investigate the fortune and exemplariness of classical mythology, starting from its representation in antiquity to the neoclassical age.
The exhibition proposes continuous comparisons are proposed between the gods, heroes and myths represented there and those depicted in the works, ancient and modern, from the Intesa Sanpaolo collection and from prestigious museums and private collections.
Greek and Roman antiquity is relived in the exhibition through Attic and Magno-Greek vases, wall paintings from the Vesuvian area, sculptures in terracotta and marble, precious objects of sumptuous art and a rare painted marble. The same characters and themes, recurrent in the decorations of the palace, relate the masterpieces of the ancient creators with those of artists – Tiepolo, Batoni, Unteperger, Gauffier, Hayez, De Min – engaged in exalting the moral and civil contents of mythology, whose universal value and extraordinary relevance was recognized.
The gods that emerge in the path are Apollo and Hercules. Their deeds take on a meaning that makes them appear as the tutelary deity of the place and of the family that inhabited it. Two popular heroes, Achilles and Alexander the Great, also offer examples of virtue and nobility of mind, recalling values that are always relevant, such as education, friendship and tolerance.
This exhibition confirms how mythology, born with man and conceived to give an explanation to the questions of life, has preserved intact – in a world that is constantly and dramatically changed – its meaning and its charm.