Modern base with a fragment of an ancient sarcophagus

Base moderna con frammento di sarcofago antico
Second half of 3rd century AD
Material and technique: 
Marble of Carrara and greek marble
From Parco of Villa Torlonia

The fragment of a sarcophagus with a lion sinking its fangs into a boar (inserted in the modern base) seems to date from the years 270-280 AD. This is suggested by the chiaroscuro in the lion’s mane, in which rectilinear zones of shadow were created with the use of a drill.
The boar’s fleece and lion’s nose are characterised by a pictorial graphism that contrasts with the naturalism typical of the previous era.
Execution of the Torlonia base, found in the park, is a lesser work by the Cavaceppi workshop.

The hall


Valadier’s original simple facade was added to with a majestic pronaos, porticoed on the ground floor, open in a loggia on the first floor, and crowned by a triangular pediment.
The lower section of the forepart has a base made of smooth ashlars that imitate travertine, and forms a covered atrium that allowed carriages to pass through.

Today it is home to the bookshop.

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