Emilio Carlo Mangini (Eng)

Honoré de Balzac has hatched a psychological portrait of the collector, still valid today: “Insatiable and tireless researcher, devoured by the fever of desire, obsessed by the frenzy of the past, Hunter and player willing to any cunning and Folly, Miser, and heatsink to serve the demon from which it is possessed.

It is in essence, that of the collector, a “sublime vice” that however finds its catharsi, its justification of redemption in transforming into “social instrument” of education and research.

This is how the “faults” of selfish happiness can find acquittal in the perspective of a collective profit. Giving social function to collecting, it comes to disappear any misunderstanding because it spontaneously integrates and connects to historical events and characters of the cultural heritage.