Yesterday evening Walter, my sister and I attended the inauguration of the exhibition “Bring me the books. Especially the scrolls”, hosted by the Diocesan Museum in Pesaro (via Rossini 53 – right in front of the Cathedral) inside Palazzo Lazzarini (built in the end of the 18th century).
The exhibition, open on Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24 and on Mar. 2nd and 3rd, displays scrolls belonging to the Diocesan Archive from the 11th to the 19th century.
I am not an expert but I always find it very touching to find written witnesses of the past and to read the stories behind them. I always wonder how many expectations, joys, sufferings, in one word: how much “umanità” – human nature – was, and somehow still is, gathered around those writings.
And then another ignorant comment (!): when I think of how easy it is today to type using our PC or tablets or I-phones, and when I think of the ancient mastery in handwriting and painting in miniatures I am urged, once again, to think how volatile our society is, uncertain today as it was ten centuries ago, and yet so fast, so impatient, so “liquid” as Zygmunt Bauman would say.
What will remain of this blog/society/world from now to ten centuries?
And yet, yesterday afternoon, I was getting moved while trying to decipher an 11th century scroll. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Anyway, the exhibition is a good opportunity to visit the whole museum with its several halls: the mosaics hall, the archeological hall (from Roman to Renaissance times), the Eucharist hall, the hall of the Holy Sacrament Brotherhood (established in the year 1550), the Fabrics hall, the Sculpture hall and many other treasures of Pesarese christian life through the centuries.
Until May 31st the Diocesan Museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays (4.00 pm – 7.00 pm) and on each Stradomenica (the third Sunday of the month) it will be open from 9.30 ma to 12.30 am and from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.