(ANSA) – MILAN, MAY 24 – The tour of the exhibition “I Marmi Torlonia. Collecting Masterpieces. The Torlonia Mables. Collecting Masterpieces” starts from the Gallerie d’Italia d’Intesa Sanpaolo, from 25 May to 18 September 2022. in the museum in Piazza della Scala 96 marmi, on a journey that after Milan will also touch several international cities.
The route is divided into six stages, and as many rooms, which tell the story of the Torlonia Museum, inaugurated in 1875, on a journey that retraces the history of antiquity collecting from the 19th to the 15th century, bringing to the public a part of the over 660 pieces that make up the collection. It begins with the Consular Sarcophagus of the Via Ardeatina, one of the five new restored works in the exhibition, as well as the statue of Dace prisoner, the busts of Antino and Domitian and the group with Leda and the swan that closes the exhibition.
“Of course, I don’t need to talk about this collection, which is an indisputable recognition of the most important collection of classical marbles. We hope that this tour that begins in Milan will end by giving an adequate and definitive location to this collection. It is important that this European tour starts from the Gallerie d’Italia in Piazza Scala demonstrating how these galleries are now considered internationally and are part of the circuit of the best galleries in Europe “the words of the president emeritus of Intesa Sanpaolo Giovanni Bazoli.
“Walking among Roman emperors, sculptures and sarcophagi, I asked myself this question: is this exhibition more a gift that ancient Rome gives to Milan, or that Milan does to ancient Rome? I think both are true, but what is certain is is that it is not common to see a similar collection in this city, while on the other hand the spaces of the Gallerie d’Italia can really give new life to these sculptures, making them breathe “the words of the curator of the exhibition Salvatore Settis. (HANDLE).
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