An exhibition on Frederick II and his De Arte venandi cum avibus in the castles of Castel del Monte, Bari and Trani

“The power of harmony. Frederick II and his De Arte venandi cum avibus” is the title of the exhibition that is currently open in the castles of Castel del Monte, Bari and Trani and that aims at promoting the legendary treatise by the Emperor and its relationship with current issues.

A series of prominent personalities were involved in the exhibition because of the excellence each of them represent in their own specific field of expertise. The Maestro Riccardo Muti, hailing from the territories where Castel del Monte rises up, has chosen the music that leads the exhibition visitors through the view and reading of the famous Treatise. The President of Enciclopedia Federiciana Treccani Hon. Ortensio Zecchino is the author of the photographs displayed, which update the Treatise and were shot in the territories where Frederick II used to go hunting. Anna Laura Trombetti is full professor of medieval history at the University of Bologna and one of the best experts of the Treatise, since she edited its critical edition besides the first complete Italian translation. For the exhibition, Professor Trombetti has realized the scientific structure on which the exhibition is organized. Last but not least, Piero Pizzi Cannella is the founder of Nuova Scuola Romana and one of the biggest exponents of the figurative art. For the exhibition the artist painted the Treatise pages and an impressive scenic design, which is now mounted at Castel del Monte.

The exhibition was realized by “Il Cigno” Publishing House, “Novapulia”, in cooperation with Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna and the Center of Norman-Swabian Studies (Centro di Studi Normanno-Svevo). Moreover, the exhibition is organized in three steps: Castel del Monte welcomes the visitors and lead them into the Treatise by favoring the artworks by Pizzi Cannella; in Bari one can admire the extraordinary photographic campaign by Ortension Zecchino, mainly shot between the geographical regions of Murgia and Tavoliere delle Puglie; in Trani the multimedia aspect is favored through the use of videos that allow to virtually leaf through both the original Treatise pages and its translations. During the opening ceremony of the exhibition the Treatise translations into Arabic and Italian were presented.