Time Puts on a Show at Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Time Puts on a Show at Museo Poldi Pezzoli
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Do you think that Time is an obsession typical of the XXI Century? Anything but - the passing of years, days and hours has been a fixation for many, even ages ago. At the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, the relationship of humans with Time is at the centre of an exhibition full of surprises and curiosities. Art, science and literature are the keys to re-reading the approach of our ancestors to the mysteries of the Fourth Dimension, from ancient times to the dawn of the modern era. It is all to be discovered in an itinerary of 30 works, including ancient measuring instruments, marvellous old clocks, paintings, sculptures and illuminated codexes. A rare Roman bas-relief with Kairos/Occasio, the winged man who represents fleeting Time is flanked by a curious monastic alarm clock of the XV Century and a replica of the famed Astrario by Giovanni Dondi, the most complicated astronomical machine built in Medieval Europe. Masterpieces by Tiziano, Bernini and Baciccio demonstrate how the myth of Time fascinated artists as well. But the real stars of the exhibition are the precious “night clocks” of the 1600s, a century in which Time literally made people lose sleep. To remedy the problem somewhat, the Campani brothers built Pope Alexander VII quite silent clocks which were also visible in the dark, a perfect mix of avant-garde techniques and remarkable beauty. At the Poldi Pezzoli, we can see long-secreted mechanisms and quadrants decorated by famous Baroque artists. There’s even a projecting clock, transforming time into a show to be admired on the walls.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano