22 March-2 October 2007. Meridiane is an exhibition in the windows of BNP Paribas in Piazza S. Fedele. In its Museo sulla Piazza the famous French bank presents a rare collection of over 100 portable solar-clocks, or sundials as they are more commonly known, from 1600-1900 from all over Europe.
Meridiane evokes a world in which human activity was regulated by the sun. The most common solar-clocks are the wall ones, less known are the portable ones, the object of this exhibition. The Museo sulla Piazza displays very refined pocket-clocks, extremely precise small jewels: from the precious Dieppe sundials in ivory to the simplest ones used by shepherds made out of wood and brass.
Although the terms sundials and solar clocks are usually used inter-changeably, strictly speaking sundials only register the time to mid-day, while solar clocks indicate all the hours of the day.