Hidden Gems of the National Roman Museum of Rome with Livia Galante

Hidden Gems of the National Roman Museum of Rome with Livia Galante


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The National Roman Museum, founded in 1889 is divided across four locations in Rome. Palazzo Massimo is certainly the most iconic of the group. A treasure trove of marvels, statues, detached frescoes, coins, jewels, and even a Roman mummy!

This seminar will look in-depth at the building and the collection. The first two levels contain statuary and trace the development of Roman sculpture from the days of Julius Caesar in the middle of the first century BCE through to the time of Constantine in late antiquity, around the fourth century CE. Our discussion will focus on some of the absolute masterpieces.  We will look at the Boxer, the statue of Augustus as Pontifex Maximus, Lancellotti’s Disc Thrower, the Maiden of Anzio, the Sleeping Hermaphrodite, and some magnificent sarcophagi, like that of Portonaccio, with a battle scene carved in high relief.

We’ll move our discussion to the third floor which is dedicated to detached mosaic floors and frescoes and the reconstructed living spaces where they are displayed. We’ll discuss how these frescoes and mosaics document home decoration of prestigious Roman residences, such as the extraordinary Painted Garden from the summer dining room of the suburban Villa of Livia. We’ll finish up on the underground level that holds fascinating examples of coinage and monetary systems from their origins in the eighth century BCE to the introduction of the Euro. In this same area of the Museum, there is also the ancient jewelry section with gems and funerary jewels, as well as the mummified Girl from Grottarossa, a child found together with her doll.

Led by an expert on Archaeology and Ancient Roman Topography, this interactive seminar will focus on Ancient Roman arts and crafts. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased comprehension of Roman sculpture and paintings but also better understanding the opulence of the residences of the Roman upper class.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic in sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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