Gli etruschi maestri di scrittura, società e cultura nell’Italia antica

19 march – 11 september 2016
Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della città di Cortona

The exhibition

Choosing to celebrate a key figure such that of Marcello Venuti, the two institutions wish to highlight the existence of a strong link between their museums. Two-hundred and eighty years ago, Marcello Venuti was entrusted by the King of Naples (1738) with the curatorship of the Farnese collections and the supervision of the excavations at Herculaneum. In his native Cortona, Venuti was one of the founding members of the “Accademia Etrusca” as well as a major populariser of arts and culture.

The exhibition will take visitors on a journey back to the first three years into the Herculaneaum excavations, drawing inspiration from the hands-on experience of the archaeologist, who first had an intuition that the recovered ruins could be those of the town buried in the Plinian eruption. In its various sections, the exhibition intends to give a comprehensive view of a series of events that, in the first half of the 1700s, saw one of the founding members of the “Accademia Etrusca” – and the one that more than any other helped the Cortonese institution acquire international standing and recognition – become a privileged interlocutor to some of the leading intellectuals on the continental: Marcello Venuti, scion to one of the most prominent noble families in Cortona and a stalwart of the town’s cultural scene.


Busto di Eracle Bronzo . I sec. d.C. - Villa dei Papiri MANN (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)

Statuetta di amazzone a cavallo Bronzo MANN (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)

Tripode con sfingi Bronzo MANN (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)

For information and booking

Cortona, Palazzo Casali
Piazza Signorelli 9

Opening times
From 1st to 31st March
from 10 am to 17 pm
closed on Mondays
From 1st April to 2st june
Open everyday from 10 am to 7 pm

+39 0575 637248

Tickets for Exhibition and MAEC

Full price: € 10

Reduced price: € 7
valid for 15 and more people groups, families of at least 4 people, visitors who present the ticket of Fortezza Medicea of Cortona or Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi

School parties: € 3


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Press area

Area stampa

Texts and high-resolution pictures are available from the link below

Press Kit