Nature, Myth and Landscape in Antiquity exhibition at Expo

(AGI) Milan, July 1 - The exhibition entitled 'Nature, Myth andLandscape in Classical Antiquity' is set to open at Milan'sPalazzo Reale on July 31. Conceived to coincide with Expo 2015,the exhibition will include 200 Greek, Magna Graecian and Romanartworks, telling the story of an unusual aspect of theclassical world, the depiction of nature and the effects of thehuman shaping of the natural world and the environment. Theworks are being lent by Italian and international museums, suchas the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, theKunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna, London's British Museum andthe

(AGI) Milan, July 1 - The exhibition entitled 'Nature, Myth andLandscape in Classical Antiquity' is set to open at Milan'sPalazzo Reale on July 31. Conceived to coincide with Expo 2015,the exhibition will include 200 Greek, Magna Graecian and Romanartworks, telling the story of an unusual aspect of theclassical world, the depiction of nature and the effects of thehuman shaping of the natural world and the environment. Theworks are being lent by Italian and international museums, suchas the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, theKunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna, London's British Museum andthe Louvre in Paris. The exhibition is being promoted by theMunicipality of Milan, along with the Universities of Milan andSalerno, the Archaeological Museum in Naples and theSuperintendency for Pompei, Herculaneum and Stabia, organisedwith the Electa publishing house. The exhibition, curated byGemma Sena Chiesa and Angela Pontrandolfo, is part ofExpoinCitta, the series of cultural initiatives being heldduring Expo, under the aegis of Italy's Ministry of Culture andTourism (Mibact). Francesco Venezia has designed theinstallation. "This exhibition has strong links with Expo andits themes, because it puts the spotlight on the influence ofnature on Western civilisation and its origins, and it isimportant to stress the roots of our relationship with theplanet we inhabit and its resources, from both a scientific andan artistic point of view; especially given the breadth of theexhibition, ranging from ancient art to Roman art ", saidMilan's Councillor for Culture Filippo Del Corno. "It providesthe background to the rediscovery of landscape by Giotto andthe interpretation of the natural world by Leonardo da Vinci,two other great protagonists of the Expoin Citta artisticpalimpsest," he continued. Painted vases, terracotta votivetables, frescoes and luxury items such as silverware and goldjewellery will be displayed in chronological order - from the8th century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D. - and divided into sixsections according to subject, with particular focus on MagnaGraecian, Greek and Roman art. The show will also featurearchaeological remains from around Vesuvius and a selection offine wall paintings from Pompei, as well as a late 8th centuryB.C. vase from the museum in Ischia, decorated with a grandioseand disquieting shipwreck scene. In the section devoted to'Cultivated Nature - a Gift of the Gods', the statue ofTriptolemos from the museum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere and thevotive tables (Pinakes) from Locri, splendid examples of 5thand 6th century B.C. terracotta bas-reliefs, providemagnificent depictions of the god of wine and the goddess ofgrain. The exhibition ends on Jan. 10, 2016. (AGI). .