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Vinum Nostrum: Art, Science and Myths of Wine in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures

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Ancient and precious original artefacts, sculptures and frescoes, along with dramatic reconstructions and films, give an account of the multi-millennial history of the grapevine and wine as well as their influence on Mediterranean cultures. The exhibition covers the period from the origins of viticulture in the Near East to its full reception in ancient Greece, ending with large-scale wine production and trade in the Roman world. Special emphasis is given to the Pompeii vineyards, while another part of the exhibition deals with the Etruscan contribution to the spread of Vitis vinifera cultivation throughout the Mediterranean area. The exhibition illustrates the technical evolution of grape-growing and wine-making as well as the relevant religious and cultural values expressed since ancient times through a number of depictions of divinities, rituals, and feasts.


Exhibition Dates

20.07.2010 - 30.04.2011 Florence, Museo degli Argenti
29.03.2014 - 30.11.2014 Pienza, Palazzo Piccolomini