The exhibition “Nicolò Manucci, il Marco Polo deIl India. A Venetian at the Mughal Court in the 17th Century” at Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, presented by the Fondazione dell’Albero d’Oro, is a captivating exploration of the life and travels of Nicolò Manucci. Running until November 26, 2023, the exhibition sheds light on the extraordinary journey of this Venetian adventurer who became an integral part of the Mughal Court in the 17th century.
Nicolò Manucci, born in 1638, hailed from humble origins in Venice. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity and a desire to explore the world, he embarked on a momentous voyage in November 1653. Interestingly, he stowed away in the hold of a tartane, a small ship, and never returned to his hometown.
Directed by Béatrice de Reyniès, the exhibition project brings together the expertise of Antonio Martinelli and Marco Moneta as curators, with staging by Daniela Ferretti and scientific advice from Piero Falchetta. Their collective efforts offer a captivating narrative that highlights the remarkable experiences of Nicolò Manucci.
Through a range of artifacts, documents, and artistic representations, visitors are transported back in time to the Mughal Court, where Manucci established himself as an important figure. His encounters, interactions, and experiences in this fascinating cultural milieu are brought to life, providing a unique glimpse into the life of a Venetian in a distant land.
The exhibition at Palazzo Vendramin Grimani immerses visitors in the rich tapestry of Manucci’s adventures, allowing them to appreciate his contributions and the impact he had on Venetian and Mughal history. It is a remarkable tribute to a man who, driven by an unquenchable thirst for exploration, carved out a unique place for himself in the annals of history.
Location: Palazzo Vendramin Grimani, Venice
Schedule: until Nov. 26, 2023