30.07.2015 - 10.01.2016

Nature and Myth from Greece to Pompeii

General public
Milan, Palazzo Reale

Academic contact: Gemma Sena Chiesa


The exhibition contains a selection of figurative masterpieces from the Classical world. There are some 200 objects, all of particular artistic, documentary or historical value, revealing the roots of our civilization which is closely linked, from a cultural and social perspective, to the natural world and the environment.

The exhibition is based on figurative works that have drawn inspiration from various aspects of nature, the landscape and man’s modelling of nature.

The masterpieces on display come from Greece, Magna Graecia, Rome and Pompeii, and are on loan from major national and international museums.

Painted vases, terracotta votive offerings, frescoes and luxury items such as silverware and gold trinkets are all decorated with motifs linked to fauna and flora, representing forests and marine and coastal scenes and, for the first time, splendid animated landscapes.

The visitor is thus guided through a speculative, figurative itinerary which Greek culture and then the Hellenistic and Roman worlds elaborated with regard to Nature and which to this day forms the basis of modern Western culture.

The exhibition project stems from the scientific collaboration between the universities of Milan and Salerno and the Archaeological Department of Naples, the institution promoting the show along with the Municipality of Milan and the Special Department for Pompeii.

Gemma Sena Chiesa and Angela Pontrandolfo are the scientific curators of the exhibition, produced by Mondadori Electa.

To enrich the exhibition – curated by Gemma Sena Chiesa and Angela Pontrandolfo and produced by Mondadori Electa –  our University proposes the programme “Mito e Natura – fuorimostra”- in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and Electa – offering visitors the possibility of detailed knowledge on exhibits of special artistic and historical value, as well as reflections and discussions on topics suggested by the exhibition itself.

Please, consult Mito e Natura website to Know more about the Exhibition and fuorimostra

The Exhibition is part of ExpoinCittà – the programme of cultural events taking place during the six months of EXPO Milan 2015, and is supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.


Subject to charge