Dienstag, 27.06.2017 09:08 Uhr

"Divine loves" in Napoli

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/Naples, 09.06.2017, 11:20 Uhr
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Rome/Naples [ENA] Yesterday, 7th of June, in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples rooms that have been closed for years reopened to the public with an exhibition, running until October 16, concerning seduction and transformation in Greek mythology. Thomas Mann wrote “Myth is the foundation of life; it is the timeless pattern, the pious formula, into which life flows when it reproduces its traits out of the unconscious.”

'Amori divini' (Divine loves) presents approximately 80 artworks including paintings, sculptures, jewels and ornaments from local antiquity and Magna Graecia, as well as paintings and sculptures from the 16th and 17th centuries including Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's Diana and Actaeon and Guido Cagnacci's The Rape of Europe. Artists such as Baccio Bandinelli, Bartolomeo Ammannati, Nicolas Poussin, Giambattista Tiepolo and many others allow us not only to follow the fortune of the Greek myth, but also to understand the role played by the ancient literary and iconographic sources.


In fact, over 20 paintings and sculptures, with particular attention to the art of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, illustrate the fundamental moments of modern reception of the myth making widely known its developments, variations and expansions. The exhibition suggests a path to knowledge of the Greek myth and its fortune through stories that have two common narrative ingredients: seduction and transformation. Inspired by the enormous Pompeian repertoire, the exhibition illustrates myths concerning love linked by a central event: at least one of the protagonists, man or god, is transformed into an animal, a plant, an object or into an atmospheric phenomenon.

Starting from Greek literature and art, through the poem the «Metamorphoses» by Ovid to the most contemporary interpretations of psychology, the myths of Danae, Leda, Daphne, Narcissus, up until the extremely complex story of Hermaphrodite: all these myths are part of the collective imagination, i.e. of a set of symbols, customs or memories that have particular meaning and common to all the people living in a society.

The Exhibition examines the mechanisms of transmission and acceptance of the Greek myth through the centuries by presenting about 80 works from the Vesuvian sites and more generally from Magna Graecia and some of the most prestigious Italian and foreign museums (among others Hermitage , Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna).Each ancient artefact on display is complemented by a selection of more recent works.One section tells of the 'stolen love' of Greek myths such as that of Ganymede and another of 'love denied', such as that of Daphne and Apollo and of Echo and Narcissus, so dear to Ovid and the Romans.

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