25 October 2012-17 March 2013. On the anniversary of the Edict of Milan in 313 AD, Palazzo Reale pays homage to one of the most important figures of the Roman Empire, Constantine I (274-337 AC).
The Edict of Milan, which he signed along with the emperor Licinius who ruled the eastern part of the empire, proclaimed religious freedom throughout the Roman empire, officially recognising Christianity for the first time.
On display is a selection of over 200 precious archeological and artistic objects, including some rings, fragments of textiles, coins, cameos as well as some Renaissance paintings from international museums, including the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum of London, the Capitoline Museums of Rome, the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris and the National Gallery of Washington.
The exhibition is divided into six sections, which focus on various historical, artistic, political and religious subjects, such as Milan Imperial capital, the conversion of Constantine and the symbols of his triumph. It also focuses on the protagonists of the time, including the Roman army and its weapons, the precious art and luxury objects. An important section is dedicated to Helena, mother of Constantine, empress and saint, in order to emphasize the singularity of this female figure within the Imperial court as well as in the history of Church.
After Milan this exhibition will travel to Rome, where it will be displayed at the Colosseum and Curia Iulia from 27 March to 15 September 2013.