Two hundred Roman works in marble, exhibited in the Renaissance rooms of Palazzo Altemps; an example of Roman 16th-century collecting.
[Palazzo Altemps / National Museum of Rome] After years of restoration work, Palazzo Altemps has reopened with the Boncompagni Ludovisi collection, the Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Rome, the Mattei collection, and what remains of the Altemps collection. In the imposing halls of the historic Renaissance palace visitors can see over 200 Roman works in marble of exceptional beauty, some of which were restored by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The museum finally permits viewing of very famous sculptures, like the Hermes Loghos, Orestes and Electra, the Athena with serpent and the Calliope.
The volume illustrates the restoration of the building and the new exhibits, organized according to the criteria utilized in the 16th century.
Ancient works in marble and 16th-century spaces coexist in mutual harmony; an original display that bears witness to the interest and taste for antiquity generated by the rediscovery of classical sculpture in Renaissance Rome.