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A project book that invites readers to rediscover the sky, a real place you can see just by raising your eyes, but also a symbolic place where we project our fears and beliefs, omens and ancestral knowledge.

A journey through images and texts that unveils – with wonder and curiosity – how the sky is hidden in the Italian language and shapes its meanings. A route among the many words of Italian language which, like a jewellery box, retain the traces of our millennial relationship with the sky.

You’ll discover that the Italian word ‘desiderare’, to desire, reminds us of something we have lost, the stars from which we detached, de sidera and we still want to reconquer them, while the Italian word ‘disastro’, disaster, warns us not to go against the predictions revealed by the stars – or suffer its consequences. And ‘università’, university contains all knowledge, like the astronomical universe contains everything that exists. Even today, the days of the week in Italian evoke the hedonistic Jupiter (giovedì, Thursday), the warlike Mars (martedì, Tuesday), the volatile Moon (lunedì, Monday) and the attractive Venus, (venerdì, Friday).

E il viaggio non è che all’inizio…

 

Texts:  Leopoldo Benacchio

Illustrations: Maurizio Olivotto