Idols

At Loredan Palace in Venice, a journey through time and space. The “Neolithic revolution” and the human depiction, the discovery of the soul. The exhibition IDOLS (Greek eídolon, image), promoted by Giancarlo Ligabue, established in 2016 from Inti Lambert, and curated by Annie Caubet, Honorary Curator of the Musée du Louvre, offers a fascinating journey through time and space: the first comparison attempt from the East to the West of works depicting the human body of 4000-2000 BC.

Through 100 amazing finds, some of outstanding historical and scientific importance and thanks to an engaging educational apparatus, is possible to cover a large geographical area, stretching from the Iberian Peninsula to the Indus Valley, from the remote Atlantic ports to the far eastern borders, at a time of the great transition, in which Neolithic villages evolve gradually in little urban societies of the bronze age. 

The exhibition shows the famous “Dee Madri” (female depictions particularly prosperous in the breasts and hips, perhaps symbol of the power of the Earth, Maternity and Fertility) and the abstract and geometric idols that so fascinated the twentieth century artists; or the so-called “ocular idols” or plaque idols, born from the fascination exerted by the eye as an expression of spiritual presence.

Website: www.istitutoveneto.it

Location: Palazzo Loredana, Campo S. Stefano 2945, Venice

Opening: until January 20, 2019

Schedule: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm /// Closed on Mondays

Ticket: up to € 8