The prestigious mosaics of Ancient Rome on display in Yerevan

From 10 August to 29 September, the public of Armenia will be able to admire “Coloured visions of ancient Rome: mosaics from the Capitoline Museums”, a large selection of works from the collection of the Capitoline collections

Rome, August 2019 – The National Gallery of Armenia is preparing to host, from 10 August to 29 September 2019, the exhibition “Coloured Visions of Ancient Rome: mosaics from the Capitoline Museums”, a large selection of prestigious mosaics from the Capitoline Museums.

The initiative, proposed by the Embassy of Italy in Armenia, with the organizational support of Glocal Project Consulting, is part of the broader range of activities of Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali aimed at promoting and enhancing its cultural heritage.

In this context, the agreement signed provides that the exhibition, which had its first seat in Sofia at the National Archeological Institute with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, will have a further stop in Tbilisi, at the Georgian National Museum.
The scientific aspects of the exhibition are the responsibility of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, with curatorship entrusted to Claudio Parisi Presicce and Nadia Agnoli.

The 21 mosaics on display, all found in Rome, cover a wide chronological span, ranging from the second century BC to the fourth century AD and are therefore able to accurately attest the technical evolution of the workshops, the extraordinary creative and executive skills of the workers and, at the same time, the changing fashions and tastes of customers from the Republican period until the late imperial age.
The mosaics, in fact, were products of artistic craftsmanship of widespread use, intended to embellish the floors and walls of the homes of the wealthiest citizens and the middle class, as well as to decorate public buildings and funerary monuments, and for this reason lend themselves to document, sometimes in a surprising way, the customs and society of ancient Rome. Mosaics that, with refined decorations and richness of nuances, refer to a “globalized” world, in which the same models were proposed again thousands of miles away.
The collection on display offers the opportunity to appreciate mosaics of all types and techniques, but also to reflect on the nature of decorative motifs, multiple in sign and color and their affinity to our concepts of art and graphic design.
A wide and accurate illustrative didactic apparatus will favour the understanding of the different working techniques and of the types of mosaic, the various composition schemes and the numerous decorative motifs: geometric, inspired by vegetable or figurative elements, with scenes and characters from mythology, from real life as well as elements of strong symbolic value.
The selected works, among the most significant examples of ancient floor and wall mosaics, are part of the prestigious collection of Capitoline collections formed between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, following the great works of excavation and excavation that affected Rome after its designation as the new capital of the Kingdom of Italy (1870).
The exhibition will be inaugurated on 9 August at 6.30 pm at the National Gallery of Armenia in Yerevan, in the presence of the Armenian national authorities, the diplomatic and academic corps and civil society. It will be open from 10 August until 29 September, forming the summer event of the Armenian capital, as part of a season full of Italian cultural events, thanks to the close collaboration between the Embassy and the Armenian government.


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