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 of Rome, founded in 1889, since 1998 is distributed across 4 seats of which palazzo Massimo is certainly the most iconic. A treasure cove of marvels, statues, detached frescoes, coins, jewel and a Roman mummy, the only found in Rome with the body embalmed following the Egyptian techniques.

This conversation will look in-depth at the building and the collection. The first two levels focus on statuary and permit the understanding of the development of Roman sculpture from the middle of the 1st Century BCE (time of Julius Caesar) through to late antiquity, around 4th Century CE (time of Constantine). Our discussion will focus on some of the absolute masterpieces: from the famous Boxer, the statue of Augustus as Pontifex Maximus, the Lancellotti’s Disc Thrower, the Maiden of Anzio, the Sleeping Hermaphrodite, and magnificent sarcophagi, like that of Portonaccio, with a battle scene carved in high relief.

We’ll move our discussion on to the third floor which is dedicated to detached mosaic floors and frescoes, the latter to be displayed reconstructing the same spaces from where they were taken, i.e. dining rooms, bedrooms, corridors. We’ll discuss how these frescoes and mosaics document home decoration of prestigious Roman residences, as the extraordinary Painted Garden from the summer dining room of the suburban Villa of Livia. We’ll finish up in the underground floor that holds fascinating examples of coinage and monetary systems from their origins in the eighth century B.C. to the introduction of the Euro. In this same area of the Museum there is also the ancient jewelry section with several gems and funerary jewels, as well as the mummified 'Girl from Grottarossa' (from the location where it was found), 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 an 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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