1111Ancient Mesopotamia in Venice at the Istituto Veneto from 20th January
It is generally thought that writing gradually developed from the human, animal and other figures that prehistoric artists had been depicting on rocks for thousands of years before the first alphabets. Thousands of petroglyphs are located all over the Arabian Peninsula. To many observers, the various phases of rock art suggest that such images were initially created as an aesthetic activity, but they later became increasingly symbolic and semantic.Writing was an important means of communication between the Arabian Peninsula and the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Syria and Egypt. Writing is thought to have originated around 3500 BC in Mesopotamia and perhaps originated independently in Egypt as well. The oldest scripts are known as Cuneiform in Mesopotamia and Hieroglyphic in Egypt. These writing systems had developed over time from the use of pictographs, signs and symbols. The available evidence suggests that writing might have developed in the Arabian Peninsula from the early Sinatic script around 2000 - 1500 BC. The City of Venice will host a very important, although considered as a "niche" event, the exhibition of part of the Ligabue collection that, other that the first articulated writings on stone, will present objects belonging to the dawn of civilization and that even more so today, are particularly significant and rare due to the contemporary belligerant circumstances.
From 20th January till 25th April 2017 at Palazzo Loredan (Istituto Veneto)