An exhibition dedicated to Ovid, 2000 years after his death, from 17 October to 20 January 2019 at the Scuderie del Quirinale. It brings together 250 works from more than 80 museums in the world (from the Louvre to the Uffizi, from the Archaeological Museum of Naples to the National Gallery in London and the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen).
The powerful theme is the love that moves the world, the desire around which all human emotion revolves and makes people do strange things, changing perspectives, shapes and characters, as Ovid recounts in his Metamorphoses.
The exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, frescos, funerary reliefs, books, vases, jewellery and other items. They are all precious and all unique starting from masterpieces such as the Venere Pudica by Botticelli, the Venere Callipigia from the Archaeological Museum of Naples and even depictions of Ovidian myths by Cellini, Tintoretto, Ribera, Poussin and Batoni.
But there is also the spectacle of a hundred tiny bees from the tomb of a young girl lent by the Museum of Aquileia.
“We have read Ovid with the eyes of an art historian,” explained the curator Francesca Ghedini, “because the pictures are in his descriptions, his words.”
The itinerary is designed to fascinate the visitor and is divided into thematic areas, each accompanied by Ovid’s poems.
Then there is a continuous narrative that links the rooms with their themes, beginning with the immediate impact of love and eroticism.
After this there is the representation of the conflict with Augustus, who banished Ovid to the shores of the Black Sea.
Then upstairs there is the incredibly charming extraordinary depiction of the Metamorphoses that plays on repetition and mirrors where the myths return and regenerate.
In “Ovid, love, myths and other stories”, the poems are not simply narrated but the visitors can experience them through emotions.
The Scuderie del Quirinale are in Via XXIV Maggio 16, just a few minutes walk from the Metro A Repubblica and Piazza Venezia. The exhibition is open daily at the following times:
from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm
Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10.30 pm
Entry is permitted until one hour before closing time.
For more information: www.scuderiequirinale.it