Milan and the Etruscans, Following the Chimera

Milan and the Etruscans, Following the Chimera
#Exhibitions

“The lower section is a lion, the upper section is a dragon; while the centre is a goat, his breath an explosion of fiery flames” - that is how Hesiod described the Chimera, the ancient monster that disturbed the dreams of men on the shores of the ancient Mediterranean. The Etruscans placed it as a guardian of tombs, in that middle world between life and death which a fervid collective imagination inhabited with sphinxes, griffins and mermaids. The legend of the Chimera lives again in an exhibition in the halls of the Civico Museo Archeologico which brings visitors to discover one of the the most interesting civilisations on the Italian peninsula and its connection with Milan. A journey through the ancient world, but also through the collections of the 1800s, which, during the years of Italian Unity, placed special emphasis on the roots of Italian culture. While the city feverishly awaits the opening of the new Museo Etrusco by the Fondazione Luigi Rovati, more than 200 artefacts offer a look at the archeological record, the surrounding research and some of the protagonists of avid collecting over the last two centuries. Precious ceramic pieces such as the celebrated Hamilton Vase, necklaces, decorated mirrors, bronze and stone statues, rarities such as the first Italian translation of the masterpiece by Johann Joachim Winkelmann (The History of Art in Antiquity) tell of forgotten stories and presents the public with surprises from recent archeological digs looking into the Etruscan presence around Milan. Myths, fantastic beasts, representations of the human form - just some of the subjects of Etruscan art within the itinerary - with treasures from illustrious Milanese collections and wonders from Italy’s finest museums.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano