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DeVoti Etruschi

The exhibition on the re-discovery of the Civic Museum’s Veio Collection opens on Saturday 18 December

DeVoti Etruschi
The re-discovery of the Civic Museum’s Veio Collection

Modena, Civic Museum
December 18, 2022 – December 17, 2023

Inauguration December 18 at 4pm
Free entry

Statues, busts, faces, body parts: these are the ex-votos that the Etruscan faithful of Veio gave as an offering to the deities they trusted. The variety of depictions is found in the wider panorama of devotional objects, gifts of significant symbolic value, which for millennia at every latitude have accompanied the relationship between humans and the entities to whom they attribute the power to change fate.

The ex-votos in the Museum’s collection come from Veio, an Etruscan city that in addition to the extraordinary monuments and artifacts that have been found there, is known for its decades-long resistance to Rome, which succeeded in conquering it in 396 BCE, marking the definitive entry of the Romans into Etruscan territory.

The digs that brought to light the immense votive deposit from which the terracottas came were promoted in 1889 by the owner of the land, Teresa Cristina di Borbone, wife of Dom Pedro, emperor of Brazil. The Museum’s initiative also serves as a reminder that 2022 is the bicentennial of the birth of the empress of Brazil, who was nicknamed “the archeologist empress”.

The Veio Collection, which came to the Museum in 1894 and was on exhibit until the 1980s, was rediscovered thanks to a research project that through advanced analytical techniques added new data to the previous body of knowledge.

The different languages, the product of synergy between various disciplines and skills, offer the public an experience of discovery and knowledge.

 Curated by Laura Maria Michetti - Sapienza University of Rome, Carla Tulini - Sapienza University of Rome, Cristiana Zanasi - Civic Museum of Modena

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