Dining with the Counts Coronini
Dining with the Counts Coronini


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Dining with the Counts Coronini

Le forme e i rituali dei pasti dal Settecento al Novecento
Palazzo Coronini Cronberg 09 April 2016 - 16 October 2016

Food and eating habits are a topical issue nowadays and are still the focus of interest and engagement of a large number of people. As a matter of fact, sharing a meal has always played an important role in socialization, with precise rituals including the presentation of dishes, using specific tableware and ornaments, the choice of venues where dinner was served, the arrangement of furniture and decorations, as well as table manners and ceremonials. However, it is important to remenber that the so-called “arts de la table” were mostly a privilege of the upper-class: table service was firstly introduced at court by kings, princes and emperors, spreading soon across the residences belonging to members of the aristocracy, who tried to imitate the elegance and the magnificence of the fine royal banquets.
The exhibition has been organised by Palazzo Coronini Cronberg onlus Foundation in cooperation with the Italian Academy of Cuisine with the aim of tracing the changes in eating habits and table manners in Europe between the 18th century and the early 20th century. In the fascinating atmosphere of Coronini Palace a series of settings honours and enriches the historical building. They illustrate and highlight the major features of the developments that contributed over three centuries to the creation of rules and behaviours still being used today: the dining rooms, the times and types of meals, the arrangement of banquets according to the impressive service «à la française», which was common in the 18th century, or to the much more practical service «à la russe», which was adopted in the 19th century. Shining silverware and fine porcelain coming either from Coronini collections or private ones evoke the history of objects of daily use such as forks and plates. Their introduction marked the progressive advancement of a new «food culture» based on good manners and the respect for others. At the same time, visitors can learn about curious facts an anecdotes like, for instance, the great significance of salt cellars because of the complex, symbolic and religious values given to this substance in the past, or about the prohibition against leaving glasses and bottles on the table during much of the 18th century.
Finally, one section of the exhibition deals with the place where dishes were prepared, thanks to the reproduction of a late 18thcentury kitchen, displaying utensils, furnishings and family cookbooks founded in the Coronini Cronberg Historical Archive.

OPENING TIMES: Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. / 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
CLOSED: on Mondays and Tuesdays

The Palace is open on 25th April, 1st May, 2d June, 15th August

Admission included in the Palace ticket
Adult: € 5,00
Student: € 3,00
Child (under 11), disabled: free
Surcharge for guided tours: € 3,00
(For group visits only, with a minimum of 10 people. Advance booking is required)

Primary Schools
Entrance and guided tour € 1,00
(one class at a time; advance booking is required)
Workshops € 4,00
(one class at a time; advance booking is required)

Secondary and High Schools
Entrance and guided tour € 3,00E