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Reggio Calabria (Italy), 05/08/2018. Visiting the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, in Reggio Calabria, to photograph the "Bronzi di Riace" (The Riace Bronzes). Today could be the last "Domenica [gratis] al Museo" ("Free Sundays at the Museum"). The initiative of "Free Sundays" is a state run project, involving 480 museum and cultural sites across Italy. It was launched by Ministerial Decree no.94/2014, by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities the MiBAC). Recently, the new Culture Minister of Italy, Alberto Bonisol of the Five Star Movement (Member of the Italian Coalition Government Five Star Movement / League), labelled the "Free Sundays" project a "publicity campaign" and stated he is going to abolish the project in September this year.<br />
The Riace Bronzes, also called the Riace Warriors, are two full-size Greek bronzes cast about 460–430 B.C. which were found in the sea near Riace (200 metres from the coast at a depth of eight metres) on the 16 August 1972 by Stefano Mariottini, a chemist from Rome, while snorkelling. From the website www.bronziriace.it: "The locality of the retrieval, placed next to a never scientifically studied harbour, but which seems to have been active ever since the Greek Age, is extremely meaningful". After their retrieval the statues were subjected to restorations in Florence, Rome and Reggio Calabria, were they are currently located - "inside a microclimate room on top of an anti-seismic Carrara marbled platform" (Source www.wikipedia.org) - at the National Museum of Magna Greece. The most popular theory about the Bronzi di Riace - now recognised as the symbol of Calabria - states that they were built possibly in "Ambiente Attico" (Attic workshop of origin). The two statues were simply called "A" and "B" and re-branded in Reggio as "il Giovane" (the Young) and "il Vecchio" (the Old). They...<br />
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Reggio Calabria (Italy), 05/08/2018. Visiting the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, in Reggio Calabria, to photograph the "Bronzi di Riace" (The Riace Bronzes). Today could be the last "Domenica [gratis] al Museo" ("Free Sundays at the Museum"). The initiative of "Free Sundays" is a state run project, involving 480 museum and cultural sites across Italy. It was launched by Ministerial Decree no.94/2014, by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and...
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