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Until April 10, 2023 in Bologna, an exhibition between art and science takes place to celebrate the 500th birthday of Ulis Aldrovandi

markingThe 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Ulysse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), opened the Exhibition of Art and Science in Bologna “The Last Renaissance.” Ulisse Aldrovandi and the Wonders of the World”open to the public From December 8, 2022 to April 10, 2023 at the Palazzo Poggi Museum (Via Zamboni, 33 – Bologna.)

Exhibition itinerary It was born to accompany the visitor on a journey to discover an episode of the Renaissance that is as important as it is unknown, because it is overshadowed by the masterpieces of art and architecture recognized by the whole world: The awakening of the natural sciences.

If artists tried to imitate and surpass the masterpieces of classicism, philosophers with their ideas and humanist literature, in the last decades of the sixteenth century Ulisse Aldrovandi and a small group of Italian naturalists, physicians and pharmacists decided to trace Aristotle and Pliny, transforming himself from humanists into scientists. We owe them three unexpected inheritances. For the first time they went to study animals and plants in nature, rather than just books, by transmission The first steps towards science as we know it today. They began to collect the groups that would become Natural history museums. They made the first real pictures of nature, created picture from nature who is still ours.

Traces of the extraordinary story of this handful of early scholars would have been lost if the University of Bologna had not been preserved in its collections.and in its library, an exceptional legacy of objects, pictures, books, and manuscripts, linked both to the bequest made to the city by Aldrovandi, and to the collections of the Institute of Sciences later established by Luigi Ferdinando Marcelli.

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The other Renaissance In fact, it presents the visitor with several “gems” that have been preserved by, and mostly never before been shown by, the alma mater, including the Cosby Code, one of thirteen pre-Columbian codes left in the world, some of the earliest maps of the known world, volumes with illustrations by Aldrovandi, and, of course, the naturalistic collection of the great Bolognese scholar, the only one that has come down to us almost entirely, as well as the largest, most important, and best-known of its time. With them are objects and artworks from important Italian museums, such as the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo and the Galleria Spada and Museo delle Civiltà in Rome, along with immersive video presentations and digital installations.

The course of the exhibition starts from the “cultural shock” that followed the discovery of the New World. The book chronicles the transition from the study of the books of the ancients to the empirical study of nature, but also tells of the continuing medieval and Renaissance fascination with the fantastic and the brutal. It shows the birth and accomplishments of the first season of natural and science illustration. Discusses the “discovery” of Native American humanity. He then rebuilt the Aldrovandi House Museum, finally following the development of the life sciences revived in the following centuries by the “Wunderkammer” with some of the most extraordinary objects preserved in the collections of the University of Bologna. It is ‘stacked together’ from the story of an audio guide in which the curator personally accompanies the visitor from one object to another, on traces of the past and on discovering the roots of the present. To see how, from ancient times, we began to be modern.

Born from an idea Robert Balzaniprofessor at his alma mater and chair of the University Museums System, the exhibition is sponsored John CarradaExpert in scholarly communication and cultural heritage, with scholarly advice from professors Giuseppe Olmi and David Dominici of the University of Bologna.

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The other Renaissance It is the main event of the wider programme Five hundred years of celebrations From the birth of Aldrovandi promoted by the system of university museums and the library of the University of Bologna. Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition to the public, it will be possible to attend one for free Scenographic evening video show dedicated to “Theatre of Nature” Illustrated by a Bolognese scholar in Piazza Antonio Scaravelli. The video will be shown in episodes Every day from December 8, 2022 to January 31, 2023, from 18.00 to 24.00 hours.
The exhibition is part of a series of exhibition events in the city, linked with the perfect passing of the stick: from the Renaissance context of the Raphael Gallery at the Pinacoteca, to the recovery of the great proto-world project in Palazzo Poggi, to the proposals revealed by the paths of vision between art and scienceExhibition Beyond Space, Beyond Time – Ulysse Aldrovandi’s Dreamscheduled to take place at the Golenelli Center for the Arts and Sciences from February 3 to May 28, 2023, is sponsored by the Golenelli Foundation and University Museums System.

Free admission for students and employees of the University of Bologna.

All information on the show and other Aldronvandi 500 events can be found on the website https://site.unibo.it/aldrovandi500/it

Source: press release of the University of Bologna