Apollo

The Torlonia Marbles: Collecting Masterpieces

Musei Capitolini, Rome

14 Oct 2020 - 29 Jun 2021

For the first time in half a century, a selection of the Roman antiquities amassed by the princes Torlonia in the 19th century goes on display. The exhibition considers the collection in the light of a history of private collecting of antiquities in Rome that goes back to the 15th century. The 96 sculptures here include outstanding examples of busts, reliefs and other statues, among them a charming sculpture of a goat, restored in the 17th century by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; many have been newly conserved. Find out more from the Musei Capitolini website.

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Head of an old man from Otricoli (c. 75–50 BC), Roman.

Head of an old man from Otricoli (c. 75–50 BC), Rome. Photo: Lorenzo de Masi; © Fondazione Torlonia

Door relief (late 2nd/early 3rd century), Roman.

Door relief (late 2nd/early 3rd century), Rome. Photo: Lorenzo de Masi; © Fondazione Torlonia

Statue of a goddess, called the Hestia Giustiniani (c. 470 BC), Rome.

Statue of a goddess, called the Hestia Giustiniani (c. 470 BC), Rome. Photo: Lorenzo de Masi; © Fondazione Torlonia

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