Winckelmann and Milan: Celebrating Three-Hundred Years Since the Birth

The city that, in 1779, offered the world the first Italian translation of the History of Ancient Art by Johann Joachim Winckelmann - printed in the new Cistercian typography of Sant’Ambrogio and awarded with several gold medals by Empress Maria Teresa - celebrates the Father of ancient art history, three-hundred years after his birth. There is a strong connection that unites Milan with the illustrious scholar of Neo-classicism. An affection seen in terms of financial commitment as well, with 66 people from Milan participating in financing the important works publication at the time. The ideal heart of this party that honours the German archeologist, strong supporter of an art based on “noble simplicity and quiet grandeur” typical of the classic, is the Santa Maria Room of the Biblioteca Braidense. Promoted in collaboration with the Istituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere, the exhibition focuses on the important role of Milan in spreading Winkelmann’s studies throughout Italy, pioneering efforts in the study of Hellenism. Prints, manuscripts, ancient books, scenographic elements and educational panels describe the relationship between illustrious figures from Milan - including Alberigo Archinto and Ludovico Bianconi, who aided in the scholar’s “arrival” in Milan - and the German scholar himself.

Samantha De Martin - © 2017 for Bulgari Hotel Milano