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Legati da una Cintola, collateral events

To accompany the great exhibition in Palazzo Pretorio, three equally valuable exhibitions will guide visitors to other important places for the city that preserve traces and memories of the Sacred Belt.        

CATHEDRAL MUSEUM - Piazza Duomo, 49      
Reliquiaria pulchra

A selection of refined, very different reliquaries, more than forty works of various forms and origin, from the 13th to the 19th century, constitute the "Reliquiaria pulchra" exhibition set up in the Cathedral Museum.       
Among these precious handworks it is possible to admire the remarkable Arm of San Biagio (dated 1425), in golden copper and enamels made by Lorenzo Ghiberti and collaborators; the reliquary box of Saints Peter and Paul (about 1265) in champlevé enamels, realized in Limoges, as an older, fragmented small reliquary box. A wooden and bone casket, a typical wedding gift of the first 15th century produced in the Venetian Embriachi workshop, was then adapted to a box for relics, such as a 15th century pyx in golden copper and bone. Striking are the reliquary statuettes of San Galgano (14th -15th century) and Santo Stefano (17th century), two imposing 16th century busts of bishops saints, of German area, along with two others in golded wood of the 17th century. The set up is completed by rock crystal reliquaries (of Santa Spina) by silver ones, especially in the more classical forms of "ostensory" (two very small algardian reliquaries) or in golden wood (two large, elegant table reliquaries from Lucca, of the 17th century).

Curated by: Claudio Cerretelli        
Dates: 15th September 2017 – 25th February 2018           
Inauguration: 15th September 5.30 p.m. 
Opening time: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m./2 p.m.-5p.m., Sunday and holidays 2 p.m.-5 p.m., closed on Tuesdays 
Entrance: Full ticket 5 €, reduced ticket € 4 (groups over 10 people, visitors 7-26 years, over 65 years); reduced ticket 3 € for schools; religious groups 2 €; free of charge: children up to 6 years old; disabled and their accompanying persons; touristic guides; accredited journalists; tour leaders; Icom card owners. The ticket includes the visit to the Cathedral Museum and the cycle of frescoes by Filippo Lippi in the Cathedral.     

RONCIONI LIBRARY – Piazza San Francesco, 27         
The Belt in the Prato culture of the 18th and 17th centuries   
A rich selection of manuscripts and publications of the 18th – 17th centuries on the theme of the Sacred Belt will be on exhibition in the reading room of the Roncioni Library. Among these documents that attest the importance of the relic and its recognized identity value, are the 18th century manuscripts by Michelangelo Martini, Giuseppe Maria Bianchini and Amadio Baldanzi, the 19th century publications by Cesare Guasti and Giovacchino Pelagatti together with all that is necessary for writing of 18th century production.   
Curated by: Don Marco Pratesi and Giovanni Pestelli     
Dates: 8th September 2017 – 25th February 2018 
Opening time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m./3 p.m.-7 p.m.  
Free entry     
Access: There are no aids for climbing the stairs leading to the reading room

PRATO STATE ARCHIVE - Via ser Lapo Mazzei, 41 (Datini Palace) 
From the navel to the alembic. A very long thread between past and present      

As a very long thread that from the beginnings of the city's history comes to this day, Prato recognizes in the relic Belt, but also in the textile Belt and in the feminine garment Belt, a polysemic representation of its identity and its history. The exhibition, digging in documents stored in the State Archive, runs through this labile yet persistent textile track that passes through the history of Prato and marks the salient times of its relationship with the city. Metaphor of the female archetype that always accompanies the events of this community, always undergoing new metamorphoses, the Belt is not only the medieval interweaving between devotion and civil religion but also the modern tension towards a new "mix" of knowledge and cultures .       
The exhibition will be inaugurated on Sunday the 8th of October at 11 a.m., on the occasion of the extraordinary opening of the archival institutes during the "Paper Sunday" event promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.          
Project by: Diana Toccafondi          
Curated by: Virginia Barni, Chiara Marcheschi                
Dates: 8th October 2017 – 254th February 2018      
Opening time: Monday and Wednesday 8.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.           
Free entry