A very interesting exhibition is being held in Matera, shedding a completely original light on the Renaissance and offering a new interpretation of one of the most important periods in the Western world’s art and culture, by focusing on Mediterranean routes, with the exchanges and relationships between cultures they brought, and artists’ journeys and works.
The exhibition is titled “The Renaissance, as seen from the South. Matera, Southern Italy and the Mediterranean between the 1400s and 1500s”, and will be open until 19 August 2019 in Palazzo Lanfranchi, at the National museum of Basilicata’s medieval and modern art.
To document the flourishing of art and culture in Southern Italy between the 15th and 16th centuries, 200 pieces including sculptures, paintings, jewelry, tapestries, textiles, miniatures, medals, majolicas, books and prints, maps, portolan charts and sailing instruments were selected. Wonderful artifacts borrowed from the most important museums in Europe, bearing testimony to a history of intense cultural contamination and exchanges, between the different sides of the “Mare Nostrum”, in an age when the world suddenly seemed bigger, after the discovery of the Americas.
The great exhibition highlights the important role played by Basilicata and Southern Italy in general, as well as the crucial Naples held as an international cultural hub as far back as the 14th century; the entire region was indeed at the center of a tight network of travel and business routes, between North and South and East and West, with many famous historical figures moving between Constantinople to Venice, from Flanders to Spain, from Milan to Florence and Rome.
“Rinascimento visto da Sud. Matera, l’Italia meridionale e il Mediterraneo tra ’400 e ’500”
“The Renaissance, as seen from the South. Matera, Southern Italy and the Mediterranean between the 1400s and 1500s”
Open until 19 August 2019
National museum of Basilicata’s medieval and modern art – Palazzo Lanfranchi
piazza Giovanni Pascoli, 1
Tel.: +39 0835 256211