“More than once I happened to think that it was appropriate to look at stones as a sort of poetry." Thus wrote the great surrealist writer Roger Caillois. And these words of his are a sort of common thread that guides the original exhibition that takes shape at Villa Medici in Rome and which has as its theme the history of stones and stones in history. An exhibition that benefits from loans from over 70 institutions and brings together almost 200 works, from the oldest terrestrial mineral dating back to 4.4 billion years ago to the latest mineral created by contemporary artist Agnieszka Kurant, Sentimentite. Stones that have inspired men throughout time: from megalithic societies to the great names of modernity such as Auguste Rodin or Giuseppe Penone.