In Verona, Ethiopia as told by ancient explorers

The Museum of Natural History in Verona is hosting the exhibition Ethiopia. Beauty Revealed. On the trail of ancient explorers.

The Civic Museum of Natural History in Verona offers from March 24 to June 30, 2019 the exhibition Ethiopia. Beauty Revealed. In the Footsteps of Ancient Explorers: the exhibition aims to lead visitors in the footsteps of explorers who discovered the landscapes and life ofEthiopia in past centuries. Scholars and explorers felt great wonder at this land, populated by its people and animals, as evidenced by the writings they left us.

Starting with the descriptions contained in the latter, preserved at the Library of the Geographical Society, the environmental and cultural richness of Ethiopia will be evoked by objects from the ethnoanthropological collection of the Museum of Natural History in Verona and by the evocative photographs and videos of Carlo and Marcella Franchini. The naturalistic richness andexclusivity of Ethiopian wildlife will also be told by animals from the Verona Museum’s collections.

Ethiopia is a land of vast environmental variety: from the lowland regions or the Afar depression, to the more than 2,000 meters of the high plateau, with the Semien peaks reaching 4550 meters in altitude. The monsoon climate creates ecological niches that allow an extreme variety of fauna and flora. In addition, the differentiated distribution of resources has always favored seasonal movement and interaction between different populations, which often depend closely on each other.
For centuries this land has provided the rest of the world with ivory, aromatic resins, ebony, and gold, and for this reason it has been the center of the interest and imagination of the ancients.

The exhibition is curated by Carlo Franchini and Leonardo Stella and organized by Carlo and Marcella Franchini, the Museum of Natural History of Verona in collaboration with the University degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale,” the Italian Geographic Society, the Italian Cultural Institute Addis Ababa, the Embassy of Ethiopia in Rome and Addis Ababa University.

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Image: Omo Valley, the village of Kolcho (by Caluma).

In Verona, Ethiopia as told by ancient explorers
In Verona, Ethiopia as told by ancient explorers

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