The Valletta 2018 Foundation is endorsing Storie di Fede, Storie di Re, an exhibition presenting two replicas of masterpieces of medieval ornaments.
7 centuries of history tell the visceral bond that unite San Gennaro, Naples, the faith and the great dynasties that Europe has made. A story written in 305 AD, the date of the martyrdom of Gennaro, a few years before Constantine, the first Christian emperor. Elena, the mother of Constantine, on a trip to the Holy Land, received the sacred nails of the cross of Christ and used them in Constantine’s crown, now known as the Iron Crown of Lombardy, and in a bit for Constantine’s horse.
The central elements of the exhibition will be original replicas of the San Gennaro Bust and the Ferro Corona (Iron Crown of Lombardy). The replicas, made by goldsmiths, were necessary for the religious significance of the two masterpieces: the Bust as the reliquary of the skull of San Gennaro, and the Ferro Corona for the symbolic value of the nail of the cross of Christ.
This exhibition will be held at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Valletta between the 1st March and the 30th September 2018.