RESTORING HISTORY The dawn of Etruscan princes
MAEC Cortona AR , –
The Etruscans and Cortona: the dawn of Etruscan princes 2700 years ago
The Restoring history. The dawn of Etruscan princes exhibition, which has been set up in the beautiful halls of the MAEC Museum of Cortona, shows a journey back to 2700 years ago discovering the dawn of the Etruscan civilization in Cortona. Over 200 extraordinary new archaeological finds, which have been found in the Archaeological Park of Cortona and in other archaeological sites of the area, like the Roman Villa of Ossaia and the Royal Palace of Fossa del Lupo, will be displayed for the first time together with other valuable objects lent by the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archaeological Museum) of Florence. Careful analysis and restoration works have allowed to unearth the funerary equipments of the Second Circle of Sodo and to restore them to their former beauty. This archaeological site consists in 15 untouched tombs dating back to the end of the 7th century and to the beginning of the 6th century B.C. The discovery of these orientalizing tombs has confirmed the hypothesis of some historians who believed that Cortona was a multicultural town open to the fascination of the Greek and Eastern cultures.
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The exhibition is spread over 4 halls and shows all the different phases of archaeological finds restoration by the Centro di Restauro Archeologico (Archaeological Restoration Center) of Florence and the new Laboratorio di Restauro del Parco Archeologico (Archaeological Park Restoration Laboratory) of Cortona. The exhibition explains the process from the digging, through the recovery of materials (ceramic, iron, bronze, etc) and the possible micro-digging made once the finds are in the laboratory, by describing the phases of diagnostics, restoration, cleaning, assembling, and integration up to the complete restoration of finds, before being permanently displayed at the MAEC Museum. Valuable bucchero clay vases, amber jewels and necklaces, ivory jewels, weaponry, amours and bronze objects are only some of the finds exhibited, which tell the life of warrior aristocracy, where women played a very important role, and a flourishing economy based on trade, agriculture and animal breeding.
A touch of originality and technology has then been given by the excellent fittings and setting up of the exhibition by using new technologies, like the impressive 3D presentations, to enhance the archaeological finds of the territory even more and create new ideas to visit the exhibition, as well as workshops and other interactive activities.
The Restoring history. The dawn of Etruscan princes exhibition has been made possible thanks to the collaboration between important cultural institutions and under the patronage of the Comune di Cortona, the Accademia Etrusca (Etruscan Academy) and Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana (the Tuscan board of the Ministry of cultural heritage and environmental conservation), with the support of the Regione Toscana and the Provincia di Arezzo, of the Banca Popolare di Cortona, the Fondazione Nicodemo Settembrini and the Rotary Club Cortona Valdichiana and of Arezzo.
This exhibition is part of the beautiful project of an in-depth knowledge of the Etruscan civilization, which has also been made possible thanks to the collaboration with important museums of the world, like the previous exhibitions at MAEC: Capolavori Etruschi dall’Ermitage (Etruscan Masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum) in 2009 and Le collezioni del Louvre a Cortona. Gli Etruschi dall’Arno al Tevere (The Louvre Collections in Cortona. The Etruscans from River Arno to River Tiber) in 2011. We are now waiting for the new extraordinary project with the British Museum of London which will be completed in 2014.
MAEC – Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona
Piazza Signorelli, 9 Cortona
until March, 30th the exhibition will be open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM
from March, 31st to May, 5th the exhibition will be open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM
closed on Mondays
Full price € 10.00
Reduced price € 7.00
School groups € 3.00
For further information, please visit the MAEC website at www.cortonamaec.org
Info and reservations at 0039 0575 637235