The historical reliefs of the Geological Survey of Italy

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The exhibition "The historical reliefs of the Geological Survey of Italy" was developed on the basis of the technical specifications of the MOVIO (Mostre Virtuali on-line, Online Virtual Exhibitions) software, designed and managed by the ICCU (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico) and the 'OTEBAC (Osservatorio Tecnologico per i Beni e le Attività Culturali) of MiBACT, to allow the dissemination of Italian cultural heritage through a new multimedia tool.


This exhibition, realized by ISPRA’s Museum Activities Area, shows the 17 geological reliefs stored in ISPRA's Geological and Historical Collections by participating, through the MOVIO platform, to a series of virtual exhibitions of other Institutes and Public Bodies. It displays a peculiar theme, that of geological plastic art, presented for the first time in Italy in the form of an online exhibition.


ISPRA's geological Reliefs are not only valuable artifacts, but the product of a territory representation technique, dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries, being an example of three-dimensional geological mapping of geological and mining particularly interesting areas.


The exhibition offers an overview along a well-framed route that shows the works, the restorations made on them; the ancient cartography on which they were made and the recent Geological Map of Italy; the Catalog realized in 2012 (available online), a substantial bibliography on the subject, and finally, a section dedicated to the events in which the reliefs were shown to the public.