Wine this and wine that, want to know where the origins of wine came from and science behind the art of wine-making? This exhibit is for you. The Latin term used as it’s title is roughly translated to Our Wine: Art, science, and myths of wine in ancient Mediterranean civilization. There are antiques on display with objects showing the links between ancient civilizations. This small exhibit located at the Palazzo Pitti (Museo degli Argenti) gives visuals, with maps and video displays, of how the subject of wine was spread throughout technology, culture and other aspects of civilization. It combines the genetics, biology, archaeology, history, linguistics, agriculture, sociology, art history and more. The stories of wine come from Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece and Rome (with the particular case of vines from Pompeii which were frozen in time along with everything else) and last but not least Etruscan Tuscany. These basis can be revolved around the role of food and banqueting or the divided gender roles and expectations surrounding wine. The most typical object seen at this exhibit are the many goblets or bottles that used to hold wine. They come in many different and strange figures. For example the shapes of human heads, animals and many other inconceivable forms. One of the oldest pieces comes from the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi. There is an earthenware (type of ceramic material) vase on display that is from the sixth of fifth millennium BCE. There are dark colored vases that come from around 3400 to 2000 BCE which are among the oldest objects known that were used for containing wine.
If you are unable to visit this exhibit in person there is great interactive site that depicts all that is shown on the Museo Galileo website.
Tickets: €10, it includes entrance to the Boboli Gardens, Bardini Garden, and the Costume Gallery of Palazzo Pitti.
Times: Opens at 8:15am but closes differently on every day. Closed the first and the last Monday of the month.
Duration of the exhibit: July 20, 2010 to April 30, 2011