Exhibition - Activities

#FacceEmozioni. 1500-2020:  from physiognomy to emojis
A great exhibition based on the Museum’s prestigious collection, that tells the story of this pseudoscience over the past five hundred years. An emotional path takes you  from masks to facial recognition systems once again confirming that a face is the most important place where a human being’s soul can express itself.


The exhibition weaves the threads  of an ancient discourse  the origins of which date back to Aristotle, stretching out to the present. It seeks the feedback of the characters and emotions of people in their features, but also in the graphic synthesis of the Emojis,  a sort of "catalogue" to capture visitors’ eyes and seduce their  mind as the look in the mirror and recognize their faces  in a crowd of sketched, caricatured, deformed, sublimated images from Leonardo da Vinci into  a future that has already begun.

180 works on display, including 82 photographic reproductions, 55 original works with helmets and volumes from the 1500’s  to installations by contemporary artists, 43 plates from the Museum's physiognomy collection. In addition, there are 42 montages, 4 apps and 8 installations. Such are the figures for  a unique exhibition, one of a kind,  criss-crossing place and time turning the "face of emotions" into a place of complex plots connecting  art and theatre, cinema and animation, right up to new technologies.

Tours, workshops and activities HERE (in italian)