Torlonia marbles: collecting masterpieces

Palazzo Caffarelli, Musei Capitolini
Piazzale Caffarelli, Roma
From the 04/04/2020 to the 10/01/2021
The exhibition is organized as a romance, in five sections, which tells the story of the collecting of ancient, Roman and Greek marbles, in a backward path that begins with the evocation of the Torlonia Museum, founded in 1875 by Prince Alexander Torlonia, remained open until the 1940s. The next section brings together the nineteenth-century finds of antiquity in the Torlonia properties. The third section represents the forms of eighteenth-century collecting, with the sculptures from the acquisitions of Villa Albani and the collection of the sculptor and restorer Bartolomeo Cavaceppi. Following, a selection of the marble by Vincenzo Giustiniani, one of the most sophisticated Roman collectors of the seventeenth century, and finally pieces from collections of aristocratic families of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
The exhibition ends with a view over the exedra of the Capitoline Museums where the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, the Roman wolf and the Lateran bronzes that Sixtus IV in 1471 donated to the city are gathered. An important link with the museum that the ancient busts, reliefs, statues, sarcophagi and decorative elements on display create: a reflection of a cultural process in which Rome and Italy have had an indisputable primacy

Every day 9.30-19.30
24 and 31 December 9.30-14.00
January 1st 14.00-20.00
Last entry an hour earlier

Full Open € 17.00

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