Thursday, December 10, 2015

ALTEMPS PALACE - NATIONAL ROMAN MUSEUM (fifth part)

Other Rooms on the First Floor
ROOM OF THE SMALL LUDOVISI SARCOPHAGUS
“Small Ludovisi Sarcophagus” 170/180 with the representation of a Roman victory
Compared to the Large Ludovisi Sarcophagus images are more adherent to the Hellenistic tradition
The dating is due to similarity with reliefs of the Column of Marcus Aurelius. The hole in the left side was done when the sarcophagus was used as a basin for a fountain
“Two reliefs”
“Base with inscription” or Julia Heuresis' Altar
“Man with toga sitting” is perhaps the poet Menander
It is signed by Zenon son of Attinas from Aphrodisias in the region of southwestern Turkey known as Caria. The head is ancient but not relevant
“Relief Salio Knight” second century AD
“Trophy with captives” about 195
ROOM OF THE OBELISKS
Muse “Urania” first century AD and “Calliope” 117/138, respectively, muse of astronomy and epic poetry, maybe from original of the second century BC by Philiskos of Rhodes
“Pan and Daphnis” first century AD from an original of about 100 BC by Heliodoros of Rhodes
The heads were carved during the eighteenth century restoration. The satyr Pan taught to play the syringe to the young shepherd Daphnis
“Satyr and Nymph” end of the second century BC
The face of the satyr was attributed to Gian Lorenzo Bernini for the comparison with Dionysian work of his at the Metropolitan Museum in New York
“Dadophorus” restored by Alessandro Algardi
ROOM OF THE DUCHESS
Private living room of the Duchess Isabella Lante Altemps, who married the Duke Pietro in 1636
Frieze “Mythological episodes, including Galatea on chariot pulled by dolphins” 1654 by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610/62) from Viterbo a pupil of Pietro da Cortona
“Crouching Aphrodite” Hadrian's period from the original by Doidalsas
“Eros and Psyche” pastiche by Alessandro Algardi who combined two statues of two different periods
“Putto with a towel”
ANTECHAMBER OF THE DUCHESS
Remains of the frieze by Polidoro Caldara aka Polidoro da Caravaggio (about 1495/1543) and Maturino da Firenze (?/1528) detached from one of the external fa├žades of the palace
“Shortly after Polidoro's departure from Rome because of the Sack of Rome in 1527, Maturino die for the plague. Notwithstanding the early ending of the Roman activity of the two artists, their influence on the younger generations, even on masters active long afterwards such as Pietro da Cortona, didn't die down. The fact itself that their works were visible by everybody and were perhaps the highest note in the image of the new Rome contributed substantially to their popularity: as education tools for young artists their works seemed to be particularly fitting because, better than many others, would show how models derived from antiquity could be useful for modern painting” (Hermann Voss)
“Aphrodite to the bathroom” I sec. B.C. original by Doidalsas
“Child with Goose” Hadrian's period (117/138)
“Spiral column” on “Altar of Cecilius Gorgonius”
ROOM OF BACCHUSES
HALL OF THE APIS BULL
“Ox Apis” second century BC also known as Torello Brancaccio
“Statue of Pharaoh” third century BC
Relief from Ariccia with “Isiac procession and Ox Apis”
“Statuette of Isis”
“Headless statue of a priestess”
HALL OF THE SANCTUARY OF JANICULUM HILL
“Statue of Dionysus”
ROOM OF THE CLERGY OF ISIS
“Two portraits”. “Hairstyle”. “Altar”. “Candelabra”
ROOM OF THE ISEUM SERAPEUM IN CAMPUS MARTIUS
“Relief from Behbeit el-Hagar temple” found in Via S. Caterina da Siena, where the Iseum Campensis (Temple of Isis) once stood
“Lion” and “Sphinx” fragmentary
“Torso of Pharaoh”
“Head of a priest of Isis”
ROOM SO-CALLED D’ANNUNZIO
Only room of the palace with preserved eighteenth-century ambience
The Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio married the last member of the Altemps family
“Statue of Isis” found in Passo Corese and “Head of Isiac priestess”
ROOM OF SERAPIS AND OF THE ROMAN EMPERORS
“Bas-relief with Nero's royal couple as Pharaoh”
“Statue of Serapis seated”
“Head of a priest of Isis”
VESTIBULE ENTRANCE TO THE APARTMENT OF ROBERTO ALTEMPS
“Mattei Herm”
HALL OF PORTRAITS OF THE APARTMENT OF ROBERTO ALTEMPS
“Six Heads” and “Two busts” of emperors, philosophers and heroes
“Funerary reliefs of the Republican period”
“Front of a sarcophagus with scenes of Roma origin” age of Antoninus Pius
“Capital with winged victories and decorations” 306/337 from the Baths of Caracalla
At the center of the dining table with the medals of Victor Emmanuel II

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