Divus Vespasianus. Il Campidoglio e l’Egitto all’epoca dei Flavi

21/04 - 04/09/2009
Musei Capitolini,
Palazzo Nuovo

The exhibition mounted to mark the 2000th anniversary of the birth of the Emperor Vespasian, continues the already extensive exhibition route that takes in the Flavian Amphitheatre (the Colosseum) and Curia, taking it up to the Capitoline Museums on the Capitol.

Organized by Filippo Coarelli, the exhibition illustrates the major building projects Vespasian was responsible for on the Capitoline hill, including the reconstruction of both the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus and the Temple of Isis that had been elevated to public sanctuary status.
The entire exhibition pivots around the key role played by Egypt under Vespasian and his sons, and their particular devotion to eastern divinities that was not limited to buildings on the Capitoline Hill, as the reconstruction of the ancient Iseo on Campus Martius ordered by Domitian confirms. It was the largest and most famous of all the Roman sanctuaries dedicated to the Gods of Ancient Egypt.
The imagery is majestic, and the evocative atmosphere is enhanced by the rare coloured marble used to adorn the vast sacred area which found its way to to the Capitoline over the centuries adding to the ancient marble already there.
This exhibition also marks the reopening of the Egyptian Room to the public. It overlooks the courtyard in front of the rooms hosting the exhibition dedicated to the Capitoline Hill in the Flavian age.
The pieces included in the exhibition are extremely valuable and include the Capitoline Triad, the famous sculpture that was stolen and later recovered by the Artistic Heritage Nucleus. It is being displayed here for the first time as an evocative reminder of the great Roman divinities that were once honoured in the grandiose Temple of Jupiter. Another noteworthy and exceptionally valuable exhibit is the inscription that mentions a priest in the Temple of Isis on the Capitoline.
Originally loaned to the Capitoline Museums by the Mayor of Fiesole last November, this piece is of significant historic importance regarding the origins of the Capitoline's Temple of Isis, dedicated to goddess during the Republican era. Other rare pieces that can be traced back to the Capitoline, displayed alongside those already mentioned, also bear witness to the large following enjoyed by the Egyptian Gods. Amongst them are the small grey granite statuettes, loaned by the National Museum of Rome, which came to light during the excavations that took place during the construction of the Victor Emanuel monument - Finally, it would be impossible to talk about the sculptures of the Capitoline Museums without mentioning the incredibly beautiful head of Isis - or possiblythe Ptoleomaic Queen dressed as the Egyptian Goddess - from the Iseum in Region III and the magnificent relief, from the sacred area close to the port on the River Tiber, showing Isis Pelagia.


Musei Capitolini
, Palazzo Nuovo
Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday 9.00am-8.00pm - the ticket office closes an hour in advance
Closed Monday, 1st May

Entrance ticket

Integrated entrance ticket to Capitoline Museums and Exhibitions ordinary euro 9,00 reduced euro 7,00
Only shows tickets ordinary euro 6,00 reduced euro 4,00
Free entry for those set out in the current pricing policy.
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La mostra è promossa dall’Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e della Comunicazione, Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali del Comune di Roma, in collaborazione con Zètema Progetto Cultura.

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Zètema Progetto Cultura
Sponsored by

Banche Tesoriere del Comune di Roma: BNL, Banca di Roma, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Vodafone

With technical contributions from

Repubblica, Progress Fine Art


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19/04 - 21/04/2009