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"The Mastery of Time" Exhibition in Milan

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If you are in Milan or travelling to the Lombardy capital for the Expo 2015, "The Mastery of Time" is a not-to-be-missed exhibition which traces the history of time measurement from its origins to the present day.

Portable sundial, Pierre LeMaire, Paris, early 18th century

Curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the exhibition is taking place in Milan inside the historic Ambrosian Library in Milan, an extraordinary building, established in the early seventeenth century which houses the Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo Da Vinci, a collection of some 1,100 pages bearing scientific and technical drawings by the celebrated Renaissance genius.

Ninety emblematic pieces describe the succession of technological and scientific breakthroughs that led to the current notion of precision in a path where science and technology often combined to pure expressions of art and craftmanship.

This exhibition takes root in the eponymous book by Dominique Fléchon, an historian at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. First published in French in 2011, this 456 pages hardcover book with 300 illustrations has since been translated into English and Chinese. The event coincides with the presentation of the Italian version.

"The Mastery of Time" unfolds in six chapters that recount advances made since the first units of measure, imagined by the Babylonians, to contemporary technical and precious fine watches. These same six chapters form the structure of the exhibition in Milan.

Exhibited in the same Federiciana Hall, visitors also have the possibility to admire the famous "Canestra di frutta" oil painting by Caravaggio.

"La Conquista del Tempo (The Mastery of Time)" Exhibition
April 15th - June 14th 2015
Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana 
Sala Federiciana 
Piazza Pio XI, 2 
Milan, Italy

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