Section I The Parchments
Antonio De Meo
The collecting process of the parchments has a fundamental role to better know and understand the history of the Institutions that have created every single document.
The parchments are in part damaged because of the various dispersions occurred throughout the centuries.
Purpose of the section is not only to enhance the retrieval and the interpretations of the document characteristics, but also to clarify the reasons why it is possible to find such documents in a particular context. The choice of the documents is the result of a careful analysis, aiming to highlight the dialogue between the monastery and the public institutions, from its foundation to the XV century.
Section II Documents
edited by Rosellina D’Arpe
The wealth of the archive fully reflects the centuries-old activity of the Monastery and the connections with territory and society, from the Middle Age up to our days. The coeval testimonies must be interpreted as evidence of the existence of men, women, in our case, and of institutions within the wider scenery of the “community “’s every day life, in a peripheral city of the Peninsula. In this section of the exhibition it is possible to admire three important documents: two introitus et exitus Libri
, dating back to 1776 and 1778 and a 1691 platea
. The first ones consist in precise
register of every single expense and of the incomes gained from the monastery’s real estate; the second one consists in an analytical description of the monastery’s agrarian “properties“ with regard to the year of reference.
Section III Books
edited by Giuseppe Miccolis
The analysis of the Monastery’s book patrimony completes the researches carried on by the other two sections and highlights, once more, the institution’s cultural function. The patrimony, resulting to a large extent from the acquisitions linked to the takings the veil, has a particular importance because the monastery became, in this way, not only a religious reference point, but also a cultural centre perfectly rooted in the city social life. The glosses present is some volumes are particularly interesting and important since they give the image of the time flowing, through personal annotations that testify as the cloistral life also included the reading of sacred texts, contemplated to the elevation of the spirit and the help of the neighbour in sight of a heavenly life. The exhibited editions embrace a chronological centuries-old chronological time span.
An exhibition is a complex organizational-narrative structure that makes use of different but coordinated and harmonized tools and resources with the aim of documenting, showing, illustrating, narrating.
This exhibition displays three different typologies of old documents, whose history and roots are strictly linked among them, without any possibility to be separated, especially because this is an archive exhibition; the archive can, in fact, tell its history, simply exhibiting itself. For the first time the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist opens its “casket“ of historical treasures to the public. For the first time the history of the coenobium is presented through a fascinating chronological sequence.
August 1 – September 20
Tuesday, Thursday Saturday and Public Holidays
September 21 – January -7, 2007
Monday - Friday
Advance Reservation Only
Saturday and Public Holidays
Agenzia per il Patrimonio Culturale Euromediterraneo:
Phone/fax 0832 253904;