More Than 90 Greek And Roman Antique Statues On Display In Italy After Restoration

More than 90 Greek and Roman Antique Statues On Display in Italy After Restoration

Capitolini Museum illustration

Jakarta - One of the largest private collections of antique marble statues in the world, ranging from mythical creatures to statues of the emperor, is back on public display in Rome this month. The statues have been completely restored.

More than 90 statues of Greek and Roman section of the 620 in the catalog will be displayed at the Villa Torlonia Caffarelli, precisely in the Capitoline Museum in the capital city of Italy , from October 14th 2020. The French-Italian aristocratic family Torlonia become rich by managing the finances of the Vatican, as reported by AFP quoted by Hurriyet Daily News , Monday, October 12, 2020.

Three artists are responsible for the restoration project. They worked in a workroom in Rome cleaning, whitening and reconstructing a collection of statues of the aristocratic family.

Valentina Raciti, who has worked on the restoration for four years, used a sponge soaked in ammonium carbonate on top of a reclining woman holding a crown on a tombstone. Such parts may have been restored several times over the centuries.

"The way they recovered things in the 18th century tried to imitate what was added, the flaws. On the other hand, we pay attention to the artistic side, but also try not to hide what we have done," explains Raciti.

Her colleague Elisabetta Lulli shows how "you can see earlier restorations, like in history books" on the Greek statue known as "Il caprone in reposo" (The resting lamb) by the legendary Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

"What is very interesting in this collection is that all the inserts that have been made, whether from marble or plaster, in short all the interventions in the past, we cataloged to get an overview of the history of each part of the sculpture ," said statue restorer Kine Settimini.

The touching works include a bronze bust of Germanicus, a Roman general who was the older brother of Emperor Claudius and father of Caligula, said the head of the Torlonia collection curator, Anna Maria Carruba.

"There is a big difference between the works preserved in museums and those in private collections. With the art in museums, observers are expected to imagine the missing pieces, returning somewhere. So even though they are not happy to see them, but (the statues) it is. it has the charm of an ancient object. Conversely, in a private collection, it is unacceptable, "he added.

The Torlonia Marble exhibition, which was supposed to open in April 2020, was forced to withdraw due to the coronavirus pandemic. This exhibition was born out of a partnership between the Torlonia Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Culture, and Bulgari.

The statues are planned for a tour of Europe and the United States. Furthermore, the statues will return to a permanent room in Rome.

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