"PALAZZO ALTEMPS - Museo Nationale Romano." Top 5 Page for this destination Museo Nazionale Romano Tip by breughel

Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome: 29 reviews and 113 photos

  Palazzo Altemps - Galate committing suicide.
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In this Palazzo from Cardinal Altemps, from the late Renaissance, is on display an important collection of antique sculptures belonging to the "Museo Nationale Romano".
The Museo Nationale Romano Altemps is located about 100 m north of the Piazza Navona.
The most famous part of the collection was given by the family Boncompagni Ludovisi.
The sculptures belong to the Hellenistic, Roman republican and imperial periods as well as from the baroque periods.

The amateurs of antique sculptures will be interested by the explanations (Italian and English) about the restoration work on these sculptures which most often reached us in pieces and were also often Roman copies of Greek sculptures.
This museum shows also Egyptian statues as the cult of Isis was practised in Roma.

The most striking statue is that of the Galate committing suicide with his sword after having killed his wife to avoid her falling in hands of the enemy.
There is also a beautiful statue of the Aphrodite (Venus) of the temple on the Greek island Cnidos. The original, work of Praxiteles, of this nude figure seeking to cover herself was very popular in the Greek and Roman world. Many copies exist of the original.
A very famous Roman sarcophagus with Battle Scene modelled from a single block of marble is shown in this museum. All details of Roman weapons and uniforms are very well preserved.

When visiting the Piazza Navona it is worthwhile to visit (1 hour) this museum. As the ticket is combined with the Museum of Palazzo Massimo (near Termini station) it is good choice if you are an amateur of Greek and Roman art.

Address: Piazza Sant?Apollinare 46
Directions: 100 m north of Piazza Navona.
Website: http://archeoroma.beniculturali.it

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2015
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