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Pompei and Santorini
Scuderie del Quirinale
dal 11-10-2019 al 06-01-2020

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Pompei and Santorini in Rome at the Scuderie del Quirinale from 11 October 2019 to 6 January 2020.

"Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fires, floods, floods, suddenly changing, with the face of the earth, the course of human societies, they have combined them in a new way, and these combinations, whose primary causes were physical and natural, have become, over time, the moral causes that change the state of things "
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Scuderie del Quirinale, from 11 October 2019 to 6 January 2020, will tell, with the exhibition Pompeii and Santorini. Eternity in one day, a story that starts from afar but that reaches us without losing any of its power and meaning. The history of Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, is the protagonist of our imagination with its classic and silent grandeur; equally incredible is the history of Akrotiri, a Minoan settlement on the ancient island of Thera (today Santorini) which, 1700 years before Pompeii, sank under the violence of the eruption of the homonymous volcano redesigning forever the geography of the Mediterranean.

Frescoes, paintings, ceramics, everyday objects, organic finds, casts tell a distant world that will reflect and compare, in the halls of the exhibition, with the art and suggestions that modern and contemporary artists have dedicated to the themes addressed...

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For almost three months you will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition with your own and personal rhythm, with our audio guides or by taking part in a guided tour or a workshop. A dazzling story, a fascinating story through art and history, a journey that, two thousand years later, continues to take your breath away.

The Exhibition

Few events have marked the history of modern thought more than the rediscovery of Pompeii in 1748: almost 1700 years before the rain of ash and lapilli caused by the eruption of the volcano preserved the ancient urban center and the complexity of its daily life. Never before had it been possible to read the life of the ancients, relating it to urban spaces, to ritual, to domestic life, analyzing the complex social networks of such an ancient city. A new vision of the past, made up of amazement at the rediscovery and dismay at the eruptive catastrophe, has contributed to making Pompeii the most important archaeological site in the world. The life of the Vesuvian city has remained suspended in the ruins, in the rooms of the domus and the thermal baths, in the furnishings and in the organic finds, in the casts of the bodies that tell a distant world, yet very close. As so much art and literature have told us, in Pompeii the present and the past unite in the evocation of a life dramatically interrupted by the tragedy of 79 after Christ, and yet, still, covertly present. Modern archeology was born and thrives in the Vesuvian site, where the ancient world began to tell itself, as an "immense building of memory".

In a radically different cultural climate, immersed in the scientific thought of the twentieth century, the rediscovery of the Akrotiri settlement in Santorini in 1967 reopened reasoning on the subject of natural catastrophe and discovery. About a tenth of the site has been excavated. The ancient Minoan center, destroyed by a frightening eruption in the middle of the second millennium BC - an eruption that profoundly marked the social and political balance of the Mediterranean - has returned, buried under volcanic ash, buildings, frescoes, ceramics and perfectly preserved supplies. For almost 2000 years. As in Pompeii, the precious finds allow us to resurrect a rich and complex civilization, evoking in the same way the catastrophe that put an end to its history. The eruption caused not only the collapse of the houses, but of an entire era, literally burying it under several meters of volcanic matter.

The exhibition offers an extraordinary and unprecedented comparison between the two ancient sites, united by an identical purpose. Two whole human settlements were buried by eruptions, with their ideals, their beliefs, their cultures. The theme of catastrophe and rebirth will accompany visitors in a surprising journey back in time that will immerse them in History, in Surprise and in Darkness, in Beauty.
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