Il Terra Sancta Museum in mostre internazionali

L’arte di Francesco – Capolavori d’arte e terre d’Asia dal XIII al XV secolo

Gallerie dell’Accademia, Florence.   31/03/2015 – 15/10/2015

This exhibition documents the artistic production related to the Franciscan order from XIII to XV century. Extraordinary paintings, sculptures and goldsmith’s art feature in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. They witness the formidable envangelization activites of the Order in the Holy Land, Asia and China.

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Pieces on loan: archival document, capitals and stone items from the collection of Terra Sancta Museum and from the Museum of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Francescani in Terra Santa

Palazzo Bonacquisti, Assisi (Italy).   11/04/2015 – 08/1/2015

A photographic exhibition on the Franciscans of the Holy Land. The exhibit has been set up thanks to a recent discovery of unknown photographic materials found in the Archive of the Order of the Friars Minor in Rome dating ca. 1885-1887. A joint iniatitive of Fondazione Cariperugia Arte and Centro Culturale Aracoeli dei Frati Minori della Provincia Romana.

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Pieces on loan: 3D reconstruction video on the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre throughout the different constructions phases. Created by pro Terra Sancta.

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis

Tower of King David Museum.   01/05/2014 – 30/05/2015

This exhibition takes a broad and original look at the ‘medical record’ of Jerusalem, examining the human struggle for a healthy life in the unique context of the holy city. A medical diagnosis shows how the holiness and status of Jerusalem brought streams of pilgrims, priests, scholars and travellers to its gates. Many of them needed medical services while others provided medical relief. It focuses on the remedies that were invented along with wonder drugs and potions.

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Pieces on loan: Historic pharmacy jars from the Franciscan Jerusalem pharmacy, and liturgical instruments to serve plague sufferers, as well as archive material (reproductions).

Barocco dal Santo Sepolcro. L’immagine di Gerusalemme nelle Prealpi

Galleria Canesso, Lugano (Switzerland).   11/04/2014 – 01/06/2014

This exhibit showcases five paintings in canvas and one silver relief in Neapolitan Baroque style. These magnificent works of art were donated by the Kingdom of Naples and Spain to the Custody of the Holy Land in the 16th and 17th century. The paintings were executed by some of the most celebrated artists from Naples in that era. Two of them come from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and had never left Jerusalem before.

Pieces on loan: Three paintings by Francesco de Mura, and one by the Master of the Annunciation and Paolo de Matteis, as well as a silver relief attributed to the de Blasio workshop.

Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. European royal courts to Jerusalem

Palace of Versailles, Paris.   16/04/2013 – 14/07/2013

The exhibition presents 250 unknown masterpieces from one of the last treasures of the Occident, the treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. Sent to the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem by the principal European rulers, some of these extraordinary works of art were revealed for the first time to the public.

The visitor discovers these sumptuous gifts which are unique in the world. Displayed according to their origin, they show how the different European rulers rivalled each other in generosity to enhance the splendour of the Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre. The immense power of fascination and attraction of Jerusalem arise from this exhibition as well as the diplomatic, political and religious stakes involved.

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Pieces on loan: more than hundred liturgical instruments and vestments, pieces of art and handcrafted works, historical and cultural objects as well as archival documents, among those many artistic masterpieces from the Custody’s collections.

In Terrasanta dalla Crociata alla Custodia dei Luoghi Santi

Palazzo Reale, Milan.   17/02/2010 – 21/05/2010

Starting from the complex relations between Christians and Muslims during the Crusaders’ period, the exhibit focuses on the history of the Franciscans of the Holy Land after the meeting of St. Francis with Sultan Malik al-Kamil in 1219. Thanks to various agreements with the Ottoman Empire, the Franciscan friars were the only Western order to stay uninterruptedly in the Holy Land, together with the Oriental Christian communities.

Sculptures, frescoes fragments, liturgical objects and other precious items illustrate famous Holy Places such as the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Holy Sepulchre, the sanctuary of St. Lazarus in Bethany, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and various sanctuaries of the Gethsemane.

Introduction to the exhibit by Fr. Piccirillo, late director of the Archaeological Museum of the Studium Biblicum Francescanum (Custody of the Holy Land): (in Italian)

Pieces on loan: about 150 of the most important archeological objects, artworks, historical-cultural items and historical ducuments from the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum.


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