Palazzo Madama and the art of conviviality

How did they deck tables in the Middle Ages? and in the Renaissance? And at the early last century? The shape of objects has not undergone substantial changes from one era to another. Decorations, finishes, colors: these mark the time.

The curators haven’t had to go far to collect 180 pieces on display in the exhibition “Time table. A tavola nei secoli “(open until 18 October): the location, Palazzo Madama, has long been the residence of kings and queens who loved to surround by the most beautiful examples of craftsmanship from all over the world. In the collection of decorative arts held in the building, recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage, there are  examples ranging from the porcelain of the ‘600 to the Renaissance majolica till the twentieth-century collections by Gio Ponti.

The exhibition is actually a chance to walk the rooms of Palazzo Madama, imposing even from the entry through the facade and the hall made by Filippo Juvarra. The interior is a sequence of rooms ranging from the basement to the main floor were rich fabrics, ivories and stucco suggest a crescendo of wonder.