All friends of Sicily are very much looking forward to the exciting new special exhibition at British Museum this spring. Sicily: culture and conquest opens on 21 April 2016 and end 14 August 2016.
Focusing on the Greek and Norman period, the exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the
Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers, to
the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th
to 13th centuries.
has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different
peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 7th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks,
Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the
island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location. Over time,
this series of conquests forged a cultural identity unlike any other.
For much of its history, Sicily was admired
and envied for its wealth, cultural patronage and architecture. In the
exhibition, ancient Greek sculpture, architectural decorations from
temples, churches and palaces, early coinage, stunning gold jewellery,
and Norman mosaics and textiles demonstrate Sicily’s diversity,
prosperity and significance over hundreds of years.
island with a cosmopolitan history and identity – a place where the
unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering.
The art and objects they produced are some of the most beautiful and
important in the history of the Mediterranean.