Following an ideal timeline from 1522 - the year of Ulisse Aldrovandi’s birth, to 1944 - when Pericle Ducati died, the exhibition “Ritratti di Famiglia” (Family portraits) features over 350 objectsof different kind, divided into 18 sections and selected for their historical value. These objects are characterized by their connection with the main figures who played a role in the creation and the study of the collections of the Archaeological Museum in Bologna, one of the most prestigious in Europe.
Eighteen personalities are the protagonists of this ideal time gallery. True “Family Portraits”, which are accompanied by the stories of the archaeological objects, the creation of the museum collections, and the history of Bologna and of its lively cultural institutes. An apparently limited narration which is capable of unexpected openness towards social, cultural, historical and political events, by leading the visitors through the development of the way of looking at the ancient world, from 1600 up to the origin of the archaeological science and of the modern conservation and enhancement organizations in the 20th century.