Before the alphabet trip to Mesopotamia to the origins of writing
The Exibithion “ Before the Alphabet – trip to Mesopotamia “ will be open to the public until April 25th by Palazzo Loredan in Campo San Stefano.
Promoted by the Fundation Giancarlo Ligabue, edited by Frederick Mario Fales, the exhibition traces the steps, starting from the 3,200 BC that led to the birth of writing and therefore to the development of what we now call history. It was the Sumerians who perfected the writing-so called Cuneiform, favouring the development and diffusion in all Mesopotamia for over 3,500 years.
The exhibition features more than 200 common objects such as cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals but also sculptures, weapons, reliefs, vases and inlaid which allowed scholars to reconstruct the story of the people who lived in that time, from the kings, the scribes, priests to merchants. Flanked by multimedia reconstructions, the works on display allow visitors to immerse themselves in an ancient world between symbols and the myths of civilizations that are at the root of our culture, in the region where the Bible was paradise on Earth, today turned into a hellish theatre of wars, massacres and looting.
Where: Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Loredan, Campo Santo Stefano, Venice
When: until 25 October, Tuesday to Sunday
Store hours: 10-17 Monday closed
For more information: www.primadellalfabeto.it