The Italian Diocesan Museums: Bridging Religious and Cultural Identity

By Rita Capurro.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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The aim of the research is to analyse the specific characteristics of ecclesiastic museums in Italy through their history and their evolution so as to identify their common mission and the different levels of interpretations of the collections by the Catholic community, the local community (regardless of religious motivations) and the other visitors. The analysis is focused on diocesan museums that represent a specific Catholic community identified in a limited geographical region. On the one hand, for the Christian community the ecclesiastical cultural heritage is a qualified expression of the life of the Church in its various expressions of announcement, liturgy, community life and practice of charity, but also document of the history of the Christian community and it is useful instrument of knowledge of faith and devotions; on the other hand the ecclesiastic collections aren’t only composed of sacred objects and their common narration is an important instrument to understand the local identity. Finally, diocesan museums are profane spaces available to introduce everybody to the understanding of religious and cultural concerns of the diocesan region

Keywords: Religious Art, Diocesan Museum, Diocese, Sacred Art, Ecclesiastical Heritage

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.103-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 574.866KB).

Dr. Rita Capurro

Phd Student, Dipartimento INDACO, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, Italy

Art historian, specialised in Christian Art, she is currently in the third year of a Ph.D. in Design and Technology for the Evaluation of Cultural Heritage at the Politecnico di Milano, researching a thesis on the theme: The musealisation of religious cultural heritage. Enhancement of knowledge through museographical and museological practices. Since 2004 she has worked as a professorial aide and activity coordinator on several courses in Museology, History of Art and Religious Tourism at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy) and the Università Degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (Milan, Italy).


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