Rubi Antiqua is research, conferences, visits and also communication and events.
As a matter of fact, at the end of the intense two days which saw presentations of the project, visits to institutions and the typical monuments of the Apulia territories involved in the initiative, the French delegation has been invited together with the authorities, other interested parties, supporters and also simple friends to a grand gala dinner at Jatta Palace.
What better venue than the Jatta Palace itself, a building that exudes history and culture in the centre of Ruvo di Puglia? It is both the origin and main destination of the Italian-French research project, launching the idea of the exhibition that will serve as the conclusion of the Rubi Antiqua.
The project of the exhibition in progress was illustrated to the banqueters, among them the president of the Province of Bari Francesco Schittulli, the councillor to Infrastructures and Public Works of Region Apulia Giovanni Giannini, the councillor to culture of the Municipality of Ruvo Pasquale Depalo, the Major Vito Nicola Ottombrini and the famous art historian Prof. Vittorio Sgarbi.
Introduced by the Barese archaeologist Daniela Ventrelli, coordinator of the project, Andrea Milanese, Curator at the Special Superintendence for the archaeological heritage of Naples and Pompei, explained how Giovanni Jatta in the Nineteenth century had wisely realized a collection of archaeological finds of Magno-Greek period, envied by the European collectors of that time.
Then there were speeches by Florence Le Bars-Tosi, doctoral candidate in archaeology and history of ancient art in co-tutorship with the University of Paris Ouest La Défense and Federico II of Naples, who in Rubi Antiqua will deal with the researches in archive on the discoveries of ancient vases in the region of Ruvo during the French Decade, Marie-Amélie Bernard, Doctoral candidate at the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, in third cycle of research at the Ecole du Louvre, who during the project will be responsible of the researches about the questions linked to the role of the restoration in the families of collectors, focusing in particular on the restorer Francesco Depoletti (1779-1854), and Louise Detrez, student curator at INP (National Institute of the Heritage) who will study the interest that the ancient finds discovered in Ruvo during the XIX century created on the French market.
The dinner ended with the presentation to the delegates of a volume in French about the history and the cultural and natural heritage of Apulia.
The event, organized by the Municipality of Ruvo di Puglia and by the Jatta family, has been promoted by GAL Murgiapiù, Cantine Crifo and by the consortium of operators in the catering field Eat of Ruvo.