VICENZA'S MUSEO DEL GIOIELLO PRESENTS THE "DAMES AND KNIGHTS. Jewels of Honors” EXHIBITION
The “Dames and Knights” exhibition, which will be open to the public
from 24th May to 17th September
2017, celebrates and recalls the historic tradition of bestowing honours
that has been handed down through the centuries and which is still very much
alive on the Italian and global scene, in different forms and representations.
new temporary exhibition, located on the ground floor of the jewellery museum, is
arranged into two sections. The first will display about 40 Knighthood honours
and decorations selected from among the most pre-eminent and rare collections
around the world, and 10 significant items that pay homage to the Giovanni
Giolitti collection, decorations given to the Italian statesman by the King and
other European and international countries when he was the Italian Prime
second section dedicated to Ladies, includes ten or so items, such as
the Legion of Honour's Insignia of Knighthood and Insignia of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani.
A fascinating itinerary that takes the visitor on a journey through time
and honorary decoration culture and their intrinsic and evocative meanings. A “piece”
of our history that recalls a value handed down through the years with the aim
of rewarding praiseworthy actions in favour of the Nation in the fields of
literature, arts and economy and for commitment in carrying out public duties
and activities for social, philanthropic and humanitarian purposes as well as
for long-standing and remarkable services in civil and military careers.
Insignia, decorations and medals that date back to the 11th century
with Knighthood honours bestowed purely on men who highly distinguished
themselves, a usage that was only extended to women in 1662.