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
massima alt. 120 cm larg. 70 cm prof. 79 cm massima larg. 50 cm lung. 75 (le misure si riferiscono alla base ed al frammento di sarcofago) cm
From Parco of Villa Torlonia
MCN 10

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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