The treasure of San Gennaro
AT THE MUSÉE MAILLOL
19 MARCH > 20 JULY 2014
The treasure of San Gennaro will be shown for the first time outside Italy in this exceptional exhibition at the Musée Maillol in Paris from, 19 MARCH TO 20 JULY 2014.
One of the largest collections of jewellery in the world, the San Gennaro treasure is comparable with the crown jewels of France and England, but rather than belonging to the former ruling dynasties, the State or the Church, the treasure belongs to the people, to the Neapolitans themselves.
San Gennaro, Saint Januarius, the principal patron saint of Naples, was martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian. The saint’s blood, collected in two ampoules, liquefi es three times a year – this has happened on the same dates for centuries – a phenomenon that science, even today, cannot explain.
On 13 January 1527 an unusual contract was notarized between the people of Naples and the saint, who had been dead for over 1,200 years. In exchange for Januarius’s protection against the eruptions of Vesuvius and the plague, Neapolitans undertook to establish and keep a treasure in a chapel to be built in the cathedral and dedicated to him. Today this cult has lost none of its force.
The most important masterpieces from the Treasure of San Gennaro, made and collected over the course of centuries, will be shown in this exhibition.
open daily, 10.30–19.00 (Friday to 21.30)
Price: 13 euros – Concessions: 11 euros – Free for children under 11
reservation essential for groups of 10 or more.
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RESTAURANT – TEAROOM
Mediterranean cuisine Open daily, 10.30–18.00 (17.00 Sunday) and Friday on the evening.
Information and reservations: 01 42 22 27 77 / contact@museemaillol
“Trésor de Naples : viens créer ton propre trésor !”
Duration: 1h30 (exhibition + workshop + tea) For children aged 7 to 11. Price: 18 euros
Every Saturday from 11 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.30 to 4 pm
School holidays: please enquire
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