The Treasures of Montenegro

tesori-del-montenegro-veneziaUntil January 06th 2011, in the monumental rooms of the Marciana Library and some rooms of the Archeological Museum, Piero Pazzi proposes you a wonderful exposition about the Montenegro’s Antique Art, when the country was part of the Venetian Empire.
In particular the exhibition would like to make you discover the art of the Ex-Votos which are real jewells. The exhibition “TREASURES OF MONTENEGRO: the ex-voto of Perast and the Bay of Kotor” born from the collaboration between the National Archaeological Museum of Venice and the Embassy of Montenegro at the Holy See.

The most interesting of the exhibits come from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rocks at Perasto, it is joined items donated to the churches of Dobrota, Scagliari, Mula, Perzagno and Stolivo, smaller towns of Kotor. Several hundred jewels reflect not only the wealth of this province, but also the different historical and artistic components that saw a crossroads of peoples and cultures, having been a border between Venice and the Turkish Empire. Closes this first section, a large group of gold medals, about thirty, which documents the value of the perastini’s sailors in the defense of this remote corner of the Venetian Republic against the Turkish threat.

In the appendix to the exhibition, there are several nineteenth century treasures documenting the fashion at the age when the Bay of Kotor, as the whole of Dalmatia, belonged to the Austrian Empire.

The pride of the exhibition is the section made up of over 160 sheets of silver, engraved or embossed, depicting various naval episodes, offered to the Virgin as a result of grace of saved from peril.


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