The Italian Almanac


Vampires at an Exhibition

Lovers of all things vampire are in for a treat as Milan's Triennale Museum debuts a new exhibit dedicated to Dracula and company. The exhibit, titled ''Dracula'', is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the death of the creature's creator, Bram Stoker, who died in London in 1912. At the exhibit more than 100 works, including paintings, designs and theater and movie costumes, will be on display.

The works on display recount the varied stories and myths associated with vampires, beginning with the legend of Vlad Tepes, who lived from 1431 to 1476 and who was known for his brutality and cruelty and considered by many to be the inspiration of the modern vampire mythology. Particular attention in the exhibit is dedicated to Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula, with various objects and memorabilia from the hit movie on display including the costume worn by actor Gary Oldman as the undead count.

Dracula, the tale of a nobleman who lived in Romania's Carpathian mountains region and who achieved eternal life by sleeping days in his coffin and drinking human blood at night, was published in 1897.