This catalogue, curated and sponsorized by Italian Customs Agency, offers a real journey through time and countries, from Eastern civilization to the heart of continental Europe.
Customs have always been a meeting point for people, cultures and tradition coming from all over the world. Anything unusual, bizarre and mysterious had to pass by the country boundaries, before to be known to all citizens: animals, food and textiles have reached in this way every corner of the planet, century by century. What today belongs to our everyday life, such as potatoes, tomatoes or silk clothes or even animals like parrots and so on, were first seen and descripted by Customs Officers.
Customs were in charge of many duties, it was also sort of bourse and in some case chief customs officers had political and military power on their station territory. Many painters have shown interest to this various and picturesque environment and have painted or engraved scenes taken from Customs, as testifies the book’s rich illustrative section.
formato 24 x 30, cartonato in tela con sovraccoperta, pp. 240, 130 col.
Edizione in inglese