This exhibition focuses on one of the important and fascinating byways of history, the Christianity of Ethiopia and its links to the lagoon city. Taking its name from the Queen of Shebas words to King Solomon (I am black, but comely the exhibition takes place at Venices Ca Foscaro university, and outlines chronologically the history, legends, and art of Ethiopia, from the time of Queen Sheba, passing through the lands conversion to Christianity in the 4th century, until the advent of trade with the Venetian Republic in the 1400s. High-tech large screen projections have been installed, showing explanations of the exhibits by Professor Stanislaw Chojnacki (acknowledged expert on Ethiopian art) and Gianfranco Fiaccadori (one of the exhibitions curators). IPods containing further information will also be available for interactive enhancement of the objects on display.
Such video displays will enable visitors to experience the sacred scrolls and stunning frescoes of the holy city of King Lalibala, and together with the objects housed in the exhibition, such as icons, crosses, magic scrolls and illuminated manuscripts, take the visitor on a 2000-year journey through the history of this hitherto undiscovered country.