The exhibition gives the chance to compare, for the first time, one of the most important works of the National Archaeological Museum "Gaio Cilnio Mecenate" in Arezzo, Euphronios' Krater of the Amazons, painted around 510 B.C. by Athenian artist Euphronios, with a reproduction carried out by ceramic workshop Arretina Ars, founded in 1919 by antiquities scholar Alessandro Del Vita.
The Krater of the Amazons is an outstanding vase of ceramist Euphronios and a masterpiece of the Museum's collection: a work of rare beauty, with a monumental shape, perfect depictions, innovative elements and the mythological subject (the civilizing hero Hercules fighting against the barbaric Amazons) that was related to a very topical subject on the years it was made, at the dawn of the Persian Wars.
Two thousand and five hundred years later, Alessandro Del Vita (Arezzo, 1885-1961), reflecting on the level of excellence reached by ancient ceramists and the lack of answers to questions related to the ancient production of ceramics and pottery, declared that «if we want to understand thoroughly the techniques used to make those vases, we need to try and remake them». Hence he gave birth to Arretina Ars and started the experimental reproduction of Greek vases, including the famous "terra sigillata aretina" (ancient red pottery with glossy surface slips made in Arezzo).
The works on show include historical materials and documents such as photographs, magazines, notes, cards and ceramic fragments, as well as the original Krater and its fascinating reproduction.
Curated by Maria Gatto and Valentino Minocchi, the exhibition is organized by the Polo Museale della Toscana in collaboration with Munus Art & Culture.
National Archaeological Museum "Gaio Cilnio Mecenate"and Roman Amphitheatre
Via Margaritone 10, Arezzo
28 February – 2 June 2019
From Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
Sundays and Bank holidays: Sunday 3 March 8.30 am -7.30 pm (free entrance): Sunday 10 March 1.30 pm - 7.30 pm; Sunday 7 April 8.30 am - 7.30 pm (free entrance); Sunday 21 April (Easter Day) 8.30 am - 7.30 pm; Monday 22 April (Easter Monday) 1.30 pm - 7.30 pm; Wednesday 25 April 1.30 pm - 7.30 pm; Wednesday 1 May 8.30 am - 7.30 pm; Sunday 5 May 8.30 am - 7.30 pm (free entrance); Sunday 19 May 1.30 pm - 7.30 pm; Sunday 2 June 8.30 am - 7.30 pm (free entrance)
Full: € 6,00
Concession: € 2,00
Combined ticket National Arcaheological Museum + Basilica of St. Francis (Piero della Francesca's frescoes) + Vasari House Museum: Full € 12,00; Concession: € 7,00