The Shape of Time

Data / Ora
13/05/2021 - 27/09/2021
All day

Temporary exhibitions

From May 13th 2021

The Poldi Pezzoli Museum hosts The Shape of Time, an exhibition about time and its relationship with humans from antiquity to the early Modern Age, its images and the technological development in its measurement, ranging from science to literature and art.

The exhibition, curated by Lavinia Galli, Poldi Pezzoli Museum curator, and set designed by Migliore+Servetto Architects, presents about 30 items, clocks, sculptures, codices and paintings (among the artists: Tiziano, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Andrea Previtali, Bernardino Mei and Giovan Battista Gaulli called il Baciccio). The core of the exhibition is a group of precious 17th century Italian night clocks.  They were invented by the Campani brothers for Pope Alexander VII Chigi and their faces were decorated with allegories of time by famous baroque painters.

The exhibition is divided into four parts: The measure of time and space, The image of Time, Night time, and Magic shadows.


Virtual guided tours (in English) on Zoom by Cristiano Zanetti, Lavinia Galli and Lorenza Gay: June 28th, 6:30 p.m; September 13th, 6:30 p.m.

Minimum donation: 5€                                                                                                                                                                      Press the Donate now button in the Support the museum section.


English audioguides read by Giulia Valentina.