The Second Life of Objects: Martyrdom, emotions, memory in post-Risorgimento Italy (1860-1884)

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Lecture by Carlotta Sorba

During the Age of Revolutions political objects performed a primary political function. They even experienced a “second life” at the end of the events which generated their birth and dissemination. They made their way into private or public collections, activating memory and commemoration circuits which contributed to defining collective identities. In some cases they were at the hearth of intense promotional and popularisation activities involving various subjects. The seminar will focus on the specificities of post-unification Italy and the activation of a very extensive work of collection, preservation and exhibition of objects aimed at creating a national memory based on elements such as sacrifice, martyrdom, exile, imprisonment and pain.