“Empyrean of the Etruscans. A celestial dialogue” at the Milan Planetarium.
Fondazione Luigi Rovati participated in the initiative L'empireo degli Etruschi: un dialogo celeste, promoted by the City of Milan and hosted by the Civico Planetario "Ulrico Hoepli" in the context of Milano Art Week 2020 and with the collaboration of Artline.
On the occasion of the reopening of the Milan Planetarium to the public, the event moderated by Marco Edoardo Minoja, Culture Directorate of the City of Milan, featured authoritative voices from the worlds of astronomy, archaeology and contemporary art.
Fabio Peri, Conservator of the Civic Planetarium of Milan, led an exciting exploration of the configuration of the starry vault visible at the time of the Etruscans. Scholars Giulio Magli (Milan Polytechnic) and Giovanna Bagnasco Gianni (University of Milan) then delved into the principles of acheo-astronomy and the Etruscan civilization's penchant for the stars. A particular focus was on the "Piacenza liver," an artifact dating from the 2nd-1st century B.C., which helps to understand how the Etruscans practiced the divinatory art of observing the sky. The same artifact allowed a connection with the intervention of artist Mario Airò, whose new project for the City Life park builds a link between contemporary art and the ancient Etruscan world, a founding union of the cornerstones of Fondazione Luigi Rovati's mission.