Reading the future. Exploring sacred and profane books
From Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm*
*During Saturday and Sunday the entrance at the Foundation is allowed just through the guided visits.
With the aim of highlighting and making better known the precious heritage on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the Giorgio Cini Foundation Library Coordination staff has designed and installed a small exhibition with some of the most significant items from the precious antique book collections. The thematic itinerary is organized round the concept of time.
The exhibition has been conceived and arranged in six thematically uniform showcases: in the first showcase: the scientific measurement of time; in the second showcase: foretellings; in the third showcase: prophecies and books of fortunetelling; in the fourth showcase: medicine and recipes for living well; in the fifth showcase: the art of dying well; in the sixth showcase: the return of the Absolute.
The exhibition continues by documenting an important aspect of Renaissance culture: the conviction in those particularly tumultuous years that man must be able to look into the future and approach events prophetically. On this subject some splendid exemplars of the most famous books of fortunetelling, prophecies and chiromancy are on show.