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Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince And Its Era

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By Grace Orfila - Assistant Blog Editor

altNiccolò Machiavelli:  The Prince And Its Era
On Exhibit At The Embassy Of Italy 11-28 November, 2013

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm (by appointment only)


November 11th marked the opening day of the exhibit Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince and Its Era at the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. This exhibit is part of the continuing year long celebration of 2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States, and was made possible thanks to the corporate sponsorship of ENI.

altIt has been five hundred years since Machiavelli's masterpiece The Prince was first written, and in that time, it has been continuously celebrated and criticized.  Visitors may agree with Bertrand Russell, who once said The Prince was, "A handbook for gangsters", or they may view it as the first real guidebook for political success, the first real work of modern political philosophy.  Whatever their stance, the exhibit, which is comprised of four sections, takes no sides, neither extolling or vilifying the work.  Rather it examines the various facets and interpretations that have continued to make The Prince one of the most influential works ever published in Western literature.  

The collection includes a portrait of Machiavelli by Antonio Maria Crespi, one of the original 19 existing copies of The Prince published in 1532, various translations and literary manipulations of the original text, stamps, cards, table and video games with a Machiavellian theme, medallions, music, costumes and more. The exhibit begins its international tour here in Washington D.C., where it will remain until the 28th of November.  Then it will continue on to The Italian Institute of Culture in New York, where it will remain on display until January 6th.