Friday, December 15, 2017


Altoviti Room
Frescoes and stuccos detached from the studio destroyed in 1888 of the Florentine banker Bindo Altoviti near Ponte Sant'Angelo and restored in 2004:
“Inventions of the twelve months” with, at the center, “Homage to Ceres” and at the short ends “Arno River crowned by Florence” and “River Tiber crowned by Rome” 1553 by Giorgio Vasari (1511/74)
Twenty-two pastels 1700/mid-1800s including “Woman with child dressed in a Turkish way”, “Portrait of Maria Leczczyuska”, “Portrait of Mr. Kinchant in hunting costume”, “Tsarina Maria Fiodorowna” maybe by G.B. Lampi
On display there are also fans and miniatures, and at the center of the room, a painted Neapolitan sedan
Room 10 - Wooden Statues of the German School
“Virgin Mary” end of the fifteenth century maybe by Jorg Syrlin the Younger (about 1455/after 1521)
“St. Helena” early 1500 by Ivo Strigel (1430/1516)
Table carved early 1500 with “Death of the Virgin Mary”
Corridor of the Cardinals
Collection of pottery and porcelain from Austria, Germany, England, Japan, Russia, China and Italy, including “St. Peter” and “St. Andrew” half of 1700s by the manufacture of Capodimonte
Room 12 - Middle Ages
Plate of colored enamel “Christ Pantocrator” about XII/XIII century
“The plate, of considerable size, was accidentally found in Rome near S. Maria in Trastevere (...). This is a great product of medieval art made with a unique and highly refined technique. The hieratic pose of the figure was considered a hint of the Byzantine origin of this Christ Pantocrator, even if the art historians have repeatedly considered the enamel similar to the products of the school of Limoges. Recently the work has been attributed to a workshop active in central-southern Italy in the fourteenth century” (Official website of the Museum of Palazzo Venezia -
Byzantine ivories “Casanatense Triptych with Deesis (intercession) with Christ, the Virgin, St. John the Baptist and other saints” of the tenth century made for the emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus
“Wedding Box” with reliefs representing the stories of David
“Terracina Chest” piece of furniture of the tenth or eleventh century in which vestments and liturgical documents were kept
“It is one of the oldest chest extant today (...). The theme of the eternal battle between Good and Evil is the basis of the fight scenes inserted within the arches that decorate the panels, and the same meaning is also emphasized by the Original Sin of Adam and Eve in the center of the lower part. There are many influences that are gathered in this chest, both of Western and Eastern origin” (Official website of the Museum of Palazzo Venezia -
Room 14
Four reliefs with “History of St. Jerome” by Mino da Fiesole (1429/84) formerly in S. Maria Maggiore
Barsanti Collection
1100 bronzes donated in 1934 by the antiquarian Alfredo Barsanti including “Aries” by Andrea Briosco aka Riccio (about 1470/1532)
Bronze Pieces
113 bronzes pieces donated in 1963 by Ambassador Giacinto Auriti including “Bagpiper” and “Wanderer” by Jean Boulogne aka Giambologna (1529/1608)
“Female Bust” by François Duquesnoy (1597/1643)
“Reliefs of the portrait of Clement X Altieri (1670/76)” by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598/1680)
Models in Terracotta
“Two plates with stories of St. Mark” by Jacopo Tatti aka Jacopo Sansovino (1486/1570)
“Head of Christ” about 1506 by Baccio da Montelupo (1469/about 1523)
Studies for the Trevi Fountain: “Ocean” by Pietro Bracci (1700/73) and “Abundance” by Filippo Della Valle (1698/1768)
Various models by Alessandro Algardi (1598/1654)
“Head of Black Man” for the fountain in Piazza Navona, “Angel holding the sign INRI for the Cross of Jesus” for Ponte Sant'Angelo and “Golden Papier Mache with Maria Raggi” for S. Maria sopra Minerva by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598/1680)
“Head of Seneca” maybe by Guido Reni (1575/1642)
“St. Eustace among the lions of St. Agnes in Agony” by Melchiorre Caffà (1636/67)
In this collection there are also works by:
Ercole Ferrata (1610/86), Antonio Giorgetti (active since 1660/d. 1669), Pierre Legros (1666/1719), Camillo Rusconi (1658/1728), Giuseppe Mazzuoli (1644/1725), Cosimo Fancelli (1620/88), Camillo Pacetti (1758/1826), Francesco Mochi (1580/1654), Pierre-Étienne Monnot (1657/1733) e Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741/1828)
In the upper gallery impressive collection of marble fragments ranging from antiquity to the Renaissance
Odescalchi Armory
Incredible collection of arms and armor that counts about 1,200 pieces put together by Prince Ladislao Odescalchi (1846/1922) the same man who founded in 1888 and named after himself Ladispoli, town of 42.000 inhabitants 20 miles from Rome
Studio Rooms
Collection of silver about 800 pieces of the period 1500s/1800s from northern Europe, Russia and Italy
Collection of oriental porcelain and glass about 150 pieces of the period 1400s/1700s from Venice, Persia and China
Collection of oriental porcelain about 400 pieces of the period 1600s/1800s from China and Japan
Collection of early medieval and medieval European porcelain and majolica
Paintings Section “The Incredulity of St. Thomas” by the Dutchman Dirk Van Baburen (about 1595/1624) and “Catherine II of Russia” about 1763 by Stefano Torelli (1712/84)

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