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The faces of Niccolò III and the Orsini counts of Pitigliano





from 05/06/2019 to 06/01/2020


The Palazzo Orsini of Pitigliano hosts until January 6th 2020 the exhibition "The faces of Niccolò III and the Orsini counts of Pitigliano". The idea of ​​this exhibition project stems from the desire to "narrate" Niccolò III Orsini, a protagonist of local and national history, with his traits of a man and a captain of fortune depicted and described in the many works preserved in Italy and abroad . In order to portray the faces of Niccolò III, the search for the works dedicated to him present in Italian and foreign museums and the numerous archival documents - even unpublished ones - present both in the Diocesan Historical Archive and in the State Archives of Siena and Florence were indispensable. The study of important vintage ceramic artefacts and the reproduction of two vases of precious and unique work kept at the Metropolitan Museum of New York contributed to the completeness of the exhibition.
 
The exhibition therefore leaves to time and to memory a fundamental artistic and scientific contribution to the figure of Niccolò III, of the noble Orsini family and to the identity of Pitigliano and the entire diocesan territory.
The Pitiglianese leader Niccolò III Orsini, was a commander who lived between the 15th and 16th centuries, who served for the Papal States, Naples, Florence and above all for Venice. Pitigliano, starting from Count Orsini and then with his successors, takes on a new face and a particular identity. It is in fact under the Orsini that the Tuscan City of Tufo begins to welcome the Jews of the surrounding States, so much so that, after the establishment of the ghettos, it became a "refuge city" and this particular connotation also deserves the title of Piccola Gerusalemme.
 
The exhibition is also accompanied by a publication, born of careful and scientific studies by authors who have taken unpublished documents concerning Niccolò III and the Orsini family of Pitigliano from archives and libraries. Important was the close collaboration of the three diocesan cultural institutes with the State Archives of Florence and Siena, with the Archival and Bibliographical Superintendence of Tuscany, with the National Central Library of Florence and with various museums both ecclesiastical and civil or state. The sponsorship of the Tuscany Museums Center was also significant.
The publication is edited by Don Marco Monari Director of the Diocese Cultural Heritage Office and by Dr. Barbara Adamanti Director of the Diocesan Historical Archive. Information, tel. 05647289656
Hours: solar time, 10-13 and 15-17; summer time 10-13 and 15-18. Monday, closed (except holidays). Access is allowed up to 30 minutes before closing.

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