A refined exhibition to enhance a treasure of the little-known MANN: the book heritage.
The "Mediterranean" 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 be held in the Salone della Meridiana, until September 12th.
There will be two sections in which the path will be articulated: first and foremost 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 editorial fortune of some classics, such as Strabone, but also the prosperous curiositas which, up to the Grand Tour, animated intellectuals and artists to the discovery of cultural heritage of Southern Italy.
The works presented, which span three hundred years (from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries), were chosen for their rarity, the value of the edition and of the iconographic apparatus: etchings and tables by great designers and engravers stand out (Filippo Falciatore, Fedele Fischetti, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Joseph-Frédéric Debacq and Giacinto Gigante).
The jewel in the crown 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 is represented: the volume belongs to the Library of the Medal Collection, reorganized by Giuseppe Fiorelli during his first assignment to the Museum in 1844.
Mediterranean as a place of melting pot cult, between yesterday and today: the second segment of the exhibition will be titled "A geographic-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 Numero photographic reportage, made by Antonio Biasiucci on the island of Chios, where the faces, hands and feet of migrants were immortalized; the small books in the Sand Collection, in which the covers are mixed with grains from the countries in question; finally, the look on the negated sea of Naples, scrolling through the pages of the story Lido Mappatella by Enza Silvestrini with a work by Enrico Pulsoni.