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Authors:Maria Gabriella Lerario: Eunamus, University of Bologna
Publication title:The National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography “Luigi Pigorini” in Rome: the Nation on Display
Conference:Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:078
Article No.:005
Abstract:This paper explores Luigi Pigorini’s role in the creation and consolidation of Museo Preistorico Etnografico; established by the Italian government in 1875. Pigorini trained as both a naturalist and an antiquarian. Since the creation of the chair of Paletnologia in Rome in 1877; he was one of the first professionals in prehistoric archaeology in Europe. Taking into account Pigorini’s theoretical propositions; this paper aims to analyse his role in the creation of the national museum that still bears his name. In the rooms of a former Collegio Romano; Pigorini gathered a collection of prehistoric materials from different regions of Italy and ethnographic artifacts from all over the world. By displaying both the material evidence of national (pre) history and universal ethnographic materials; Pigorini created in the rooms of his museum; a national master narrative on the formation of the Italian people; measured against the evolution of mankind through stages of progress.
Language:English
Year:2012
No. of pages:19
Pages:49-67
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/078/005/ecp12078005.pdf
Available:2012-10-30
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Maria Gabriella Lerario (2012). The National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography “Luigi Pigorini” in Rome: the Nation on Display, Great Narratives of the Past Traditions and Revisions in National Museums: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Paris 28 June – 1 July & 25–26 November 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=078;article=005 (accessed 10/24/2014)