Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (Rome 1717-1799)

Material and technique: 
Marble of Carrara
massima alt. 183 cm larg. 63 cm prof. 47 cm
From Palazzo Torlonia in Piazza Venezia, after at the enrtance of Villa Torlonia
MCN 16

The Amazon, which is of the “Mattei” type conserved in the Capitoline Museums, is the model on which the Torlonia Amazon (today headless) is based, and, in turn, is the replica of a bronze original dating from 435 BC that was presented in the competition at Ephesus in honour of Artemis.
The Capitoline Amazon, purchased by Pope Benedict XIV, was restored by Bartolomeo Cavaceppi, who added an ancient head to it (also reproduced in the Torlonia copy), but this was later substituted by another that was more appropriate to this type of sculpture.
It was during the restoration that Cavaceppi made the Torlonia copy.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Primo vestibolo

On the left of the entrance there is a simple room lined with "marble" in imitation of "coral breccia", with coffered ceilings decorated entirely with splendid, partially gilded stuccoes of putti, volutes and rosettes.
The room contains several sculptures from the Torlonia Collection that fortunately have remained in the Villa.

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