Masters on display in Sorrento

IMG_20161203_175224 (1)The winter appointment is back once again with the Nativity scene art masters, in the exposition of Villa Fiorentino now in its seventh edition. Until January 8th 2016.
 
That of the crèche craftsmen is a true art form, who make spectacular sceneries and characters with extraordinary plasticity and expressiveness. If the marvel of the Presepe, in the classical tradition of the eighteenth century, has always amazed audiences, it is also true that the most passionate fans seek in the scenes the most significant and essential elements that make the true greatness of the Neapolitan Presepe: more secular than religious, representations of life, of society, of the tastes and fashions of the southern capital in its period of major development.
So the holy family is placed in front of the ruins of a pagan temple, a symbol of an archaeological passion which was then at its highest level after the discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The taste for oriental fashion is embodied by the Magi with their parade of musicians, with rich clothing styles and perfectly represented musical instruments.
And then the arts and crafts, the lives of everyday people, split between work and tavern, who are not ashamed to drink and have fun, unaware of the great miracle that is about to happen.
Only the purity and innocence of a young shepherd boy can open our hearts with ease the truth of the mystery that is being fulfilled: this is the role of one of the most famous characters of the Presepe, Benino, which on his way to the cave sleeps and dreams of Baby Jesus.

Egypt Pompeii

egitto-pompei-1A show that explains the connections, the influences, the contaminations that have tied the two great civilisations of the Mediterranean since the ancient times.
 
From Turin to Pompeii to Naples, a show divided into three locations investigates the relationship between the Greek-Roman arts highlighting the recurring iconographic patterns tied with Egyptian religion themes recognisable in frescoes, pottery, sculptures from the Vesuvius area. From the Aegyptiaca, the widespread talismans in Campania since the 8th Century B.C. when Pompeii wasn’t a city yet, to the cult of Isis and the Egyptian fashion which spread after the conquests of Alexander the Great and then the Roman fashion, present in the furniture and decorative patterns in the most important homes, artefacts; cults and rituals have travelled through the sea for centuries to join the two coasts of the Mediterranean.
The setting inside the Palestra Grande in Pompeii is particularly suggestive with its granite monoliths with their lion head from the goddess Sekhmet and the statue of the pharaoh Thutmosis III, that belong in the permanent collection of the Turin Egyptian Museum, accompanied by an interesting video installation, a narrative table for synchronised pictures with the title Isis in Pompeii, tales from the sand.
Inside the archaeological site an Egyptian itinerary starts from the temple of Isis and goes through the series of Roman Domus that have Egyptian decorative elements.
The conclusion of the project will be celebrated on the reopening, on October 8th, of the Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, with the exposition of over 1,200 artworks that make the Neapolitan collection one of the most important Egyptian collections in Italy.
 
Pompeii’s Archaeological Site
Open every day
From April 20th to October 31st from 9 am to 7.30 pm (last entry at 7 pm)
November 1st and 2nd from 8.30 am to 5 pm (last entry at 3.30 pm)
Ticket cost: 13 euros, reduced: 7,50 euros
 
National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Egypt Naples. Oriental cults in Campania from June 28th
Egypt Naples, Egyptian collection from October 8th
Open every day from 9 am to 7.30 pm (last entry at 7 pm)
Closed on Tuesdays and on May 1st
Ticket cost: 13 euros, reduced 9 euros

Between myth and nature

mito e natura
From Greece to Pompeii, nature seen by the classical world: the landscape represented, modified, and idealized. At Naples’ Museo Archeologico Nazionale until September 30th,2016
 
After the show’s success in Milan, Mito e Natura, the show that investigates the relationship between nature and ancient people, from the art to build gardens to the frescoed landscapes to enhance the Pompeian homes, arrives in Naples too, in the Sala della Meridiana of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Over 100 archaeological findings take part in this story that unravels through themed itineraries: the landscape, the enchanted garden, the cultivated nature as a gift from the gods, the space of nature, nature as a sign, and still life.

A permanent bond that represents the roots of the Mediterranean culture and at the same time a dynamic and evolving relationship between man and nature, in a continuous exchange and development, a very present issue that provides a number of thinking points on our present and our relationship with the environment.
 

National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Open every day from 9 am to 7.30 pm (last entry at 7 pm)
closed on Tuesdays
Ticket cost: 13 euros, reduced: 9 euros