A refined exhibition to enhance a treasure of the MANN little known to the public: the book heritage.
The "Mediterraneo" exhibition, organized by the Library of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, in collaboration with the small artisan publishing house "Il Filo di Partenope", will take place in the Salone della Meridiana until 12 September.
The itinerary will be divided into two sections: first of all and in relation to the recent opening of the MANN collection, there will be a focus on "Magna Grecia: anticipations and development of an idea".
If the concept of Magna Graecia culture was born in the sixteenth century, it is the precious publications on display that document not only the publishing success of some classics, such as Strabo, but also the prosperous curiosity that, up to the Grand Tour, animated intellectuals and artists to discover the cultural heritage of Southern Italy.
The works presented, which span three hundred years (from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century), were chosen for rarity, the quality of the edition and the iconographic apparatus: the etchings and the tables made by great designers and engravers ( Filippo Falciatore, Fedele Fischetti stand out) , Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Joseph-Frédéric Debacq and Giacinto Gigante ).
The spearhead of this exhibition section is Rariora Magnae Greciae Numismata by Prospero Parisio (1st edition: 1592), a work in which one of the first cartographic representations of Magna Graecia appears: the volume belongs to the Biblioteca del Medagliere, rearranged by Giuseppe Fiorelli during his first assignment to the Museum in 1844.
Mediterranean as a place of cultic meltin pot, between yesterday and today: the second segment of the exhibition will be entitled "A geographical-poetic atlas" and will retrace, thanks to the artist's books published by "Il Filo di Partenope", some interesting readings of the Sea nostrum.
On display, the volume Cum grano salis with texts by Luigi Trucillo and tables by Vincenzo Rusciano; the photographic reportage Many , made by Antonio Biasiucci on the island of Chios, where the faces, hands and feet of migrants have been immortalized; the small books of the Collection of sand , in which the covers are mixed with grains from the towns mentioned; finally, the gaze on the denied sea of Naples, scrolling through the pages of the story Lido Mappatella by Enza Silvestrini with a work by Enrico Pulsoni.