Friday, June 9, 2017


Second Gallery
Cryptoporticus A 45 m (147.6 feet) long
Third Room
Corridors F and G, Garden L with “Garden adorned with fountains” and Triclinium C
“The decoration indicates clearly the moment of transition which, in the years of the third last decade of the first century BC, takes from a dying second style to the formal and thematic novelties of the third style: choice of monochrome background, lightening of the architectural equipment and drastically reduction of the perspective effects” (Mark Giuman - TMG)
Fourth Room
Fifth Room
“Typical example of third style: end of the multiplication of illusionistic space and decorative system focused, generally, on a main panel positioned centrally, often flanked by smaller figured panels” (Gian Luca Grassigli - TMG)
Cubicles D and E with stucco, including, in the ceiling “Winged Victory holding helmet”
Colorful and Black and White Mosaics of the Imperial Period from the Lazio Region
“Mosaic floor in scaled clypeus with the head of Medusa” second century AD from Via Emanuele Filiberto
“Nile Mosaic” second century AD from Villa Maccarani near S. Saba on the Aventine Hill
“Dionysus and satyrs” second century AD from the area of the Villa Farnesina, where S. Giacomo in Settignano is today
“Mosaic floor with heads of Satyr and Pan” second half of the second century AD from a Roman villa which probably belonged to Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus in Genazzano
“Mosaic floor with bust of Dionysus” third century AD from the Via Flaminia
“Dionysus and a Maenad fighting two Indian warriors” fourth century AD from Villa Ruffinella in Tuscolo
“Busts of the seasons” fourth or fifth century AD from Capannelle
Sixth and Seventh Room
Villa di Castel di Guido of the first half of the first century AD from the site of ancient Lorium
Three walls 5 m (16.4 feet) high with frescoes in the third style of a lobby to a triclinium reconstructed from about 3,000 pieces:
“Mars seated, Eros and Aphrodite”, “Perseus and Andromeda” and maybe “Scene of sacrifice surmounted by trophy weapons”
Eighth Room
Nymphaeum of Anzio with “Hercules sitting on rocks” carved into stone and made of shells, colored stones and glass tiles
Floor mosaics of the Villa di Baccano perhaps property of the Severian family
Large paintings of the late empire
“Sitting Venus or Goddess Barberini” dating back to the time of Constantine (306/337) found in the Lateran Baptistery and, from 1655, in Palazzo Barberini
A clumsy restoration of the seventeenth century added the helmet transforming it into a goddess Rome but it was probably the pictorial representation of the statue of Venus of the Temple of Venus and Roma on the Velia Hill
“Three monumental figures” maybe members of the imperial family
“Charioteer with seahorse” also from the area of the Lateran
Eleventh Room
Marble inlays
“Floral Panels” from the Villa of Lucius Verus
“Head of the sun god in cipolin marble” beginning of the third century from the Mithraeum of S. Prisca
Two marble inlays from the Basilica of Giunio Basso:
“While the story of Hylas and the Nymphs (allusive to the myth of the immortality of the soul: Hylas is rewarded by the nymphs with eternal life) is executed with a classicist purpose and ways, even if pervaded, as it would be, of the renewed Late Antiquity sensitivity, the image of the client meets the needs of self-glorification and exaltation, even adopting the forms of symbolic language, as well shows the front of the chariot, represented at the expense of the realistic rendering of the horses pulling” (Gian Luca Grassigli - TMG)

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