Sunday, January 26, 2014


1885/86 Giulio De Angelis (1850/1906) for prince Maffeo Sciarra
"Giulio De Angelis, the most restless, the most curious and the most brave of the Roman architects of the period of king Humbert I, was not involved in the common taste in architecture at the end of the nineteenth century, not belonging to the official neo-sixteenth century style popular in his time, of which Gaetano Koch was the leading light. De Angelis had a personality that defied any classification: the relationship between art and industry was the recurring feature of his production" (Antonio Venditti) 
Frescos "Allegories and scenes of feminine virtues" 1886/88 Giuseppe Cellini who used the encaustic technique and had Roman rich ladies as models
It is effectively a celebration of the bourgeois class
Latin phrases of Virgil and Horace including "Not unaware of trouble I have learned to succor the unfortunate" from the Aeneid. The acronym CCS stands for Carolina Colonna Sciarra mother of Prince Sciarra and represented maybe as Domina in the fresco
In the area of the Gallery used to be the ancient PORTICUS VIPSANIA

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