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Torcello. To the origins in Venice, between West and East

100 masterpieces for a show that tells the history from the first lagoon installations of the Venetian area at the end of Two hundred through the shines of that art been born to Bisanzio but that it will find in the Venetian lagoon the ideal environment in which to grow and to develop themselves: Torcello.
To the origins in Venice, between East and West, to the Diocesan Museum in Venice (Cloister of Sant'Apollonia) and visitable up to next January 10, it constitutes the conclusive show-event of the celebrations of the “Millennial” of Torcello and of the basilica of Saint Maria Assunta, promoted by the Committee Nazionale for the “Millennium”, founded by the Office for the Good and the Cultural Activities, and taken care of by Giovanni Gentili and Don Gianmatteo Caputo.
It deals with an exposure of exceptional interest, that evidently gives also the opportunity to visit the island of Torcello and his basilica, one of the maximum testimonies of the Venetian-Byzantine art.
The show picks up finds coming from the most important museums of the Old Continent, to tell the history of the sacred building and the island first lagoon installation. Recomposing the puzzle of the historical testimonies and iconografiche of the small island of the Venetian lagoon, in fact, importance is underlined that Torcello assumed in the life in Venice.
The trip has beginning between the V and the VII century, the age of the “first” Torcello, from whose ancient traces and finds the show continues illustrating the origins of the lagoon sculpture. Another stop of the run is dedicated to the mosaics, whose themes iconograficis are documented in show from masterpieces realized in gold, silver, ivory, hard stones and enamel. While precious miniatures, bindings of miniated codes, reliquari, professional crosses, besides documenting the tall executive technique of the Byzantine and Venetian goldsmiths, they make to relive the solemn liturgies celebrated to Torcello in his gold centuries. The last section of the show is devoted to the icons, ornate of stones, enamels and precious metals, or you realize in material noble as the ivory, the micro mosaic and the silks from the gold threads and of silver. One covers some run he is devoted torcellani to the marvelous mosaics, among which the monumental one “Universal Judgment”: a digital reproduction realized with laser technology will allow one of them “vision” exceptional since in the details. The themes present iconograficis in the mosaics will be documented in show from many masterpieces of art, while another exceptional series of manufactured articles, what precious miniatures, bindings of miniated codes, reliquari, processional crosses of absolute artistic value that also document the tall executive technique of the Byzantine and Venetian goldsmiths, will make to relive the solemn liturgies celebrated to Torcello in its gold centuries.
For information: www.millenniotorcello.it