In the prestigious Magna Graecia collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, a prominent role is played by the material coming from Ruvo di Puglia, a thriving Peucetian center, which with its findings was among the protagonists of the lively nineteenth-century antiquity market. The volume collects the Apulian red-figure vases of only Ruvo provenance placed in the Royal Bourbon Museum, through different acquisitions, in order to enrich the collections. The survey was an opportunity to re-read one of the most interesting history of European culture and present to the scientific community, gathered in a single corpus, important examples of the Italian ceramic production together with others unpublished until now. Found in the burials, they were symbols of status with which theelite ruvestina affirmed her role in society. The study of the vases focused on the technical and craft characteristics, on the depictions and painted myths, an extraordinary repertoire of stories and images, and on their relationship with the ideological system of the Apulian communities of the fifth and fourth centuries BC of which they are effective testimony .
Federica Giacobello (University of Milan), a classical archaeologist, has long been engaged in the study of Apulian ceramics, investigated in the productive, iconographic and iconological aspects, in particular in the collections and collections of Rwanda. Other areas of research are Pompeian archeology (author of the book Larari Pompeiani. Iconography and cult of the Lares in the home, Milan 2008), choroplastics, painting and Roman bronzes. He has curated exhibitions and scientific initiatives.