The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces

25/09/2020 - 27/06/2021
Musei Capitolini,
New venue at Palazzo Caffarelli

The dates indicate may vary

Ninety-six marbles from the Torlonia collection will be on view to the public at a major show in Rome.
“The Torlonia Marbles-Collecting Masterpieces” will be held in the new exhibition venue of the Musei Capitolini at Palazzo Caffarelli in Roma Capitale.

The event is the first step of the agreement signed the 15th of March 2016 between the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism and the Torlonia Foundation, and is a result of the institutional agreement subscribed by the Directorate General for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape and the Special Superintendency of Rome with the Torlonia Foundation itself.

The scientific project for enhancing the collection is entrusted to Salvatore Settis who is curating “The Torlonia Marbles-Collecting Masterpieces” with Carlo Gasparri, both archaeologists and academics of the Accademia dei Lincei. Electa, also publisher of the catalogue, organizes the exhibition. The Torlonia Foundation with the contribution of the maison Bvlgari has restored the sculptures selected.

This will be the opportunity to inaugurate the new prestigious exhibition venue in Roma Capitale of the Musei Capitolini at Palazzo Caffarelli. The choice of the location was dictated by the intention to focus the show on the history of collecting. In this respect, the history of the Torlonia Museum at the Lungara (founded by Prince Alessandro Torlonia in 1875), with its 620 catalogued works of art, appears of outstanding importance.

This collection is the result of a long series of acquisitions and some significant shift of sculptures between the various residences of the family. We can even say that the Torlonia marbles constitute a collection of collections or rather a highly representative and privileged cross-section of the history of the collecting of antiquities in Rome from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The items on display are not only outstanding examples of ancient sculpture (busts, reliefs, statues, sarcophagi and decorative elements), but also a reflection of a cultural process – the beginnings of the collecting of antiquities and the crucially important transition from the collection to the Museum: a process where Rome and Italy have had an indisputable primacy. In this way the exhibition traces the formation of the Torlonia Collection, and the last of its five sections eloquently relates to the adjacent exedra of bronzes and the statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Musei Capitolini, bringing out the ties between the beginnings of private collecting of antiquities and the significance of the donation of the Lateran bronzes to the city of Rome by Sixtus IV in 1471.

The project to organize the exhibition of the Torlonia Collection in the renovated spaces of the new venue of the Musei Capitolini at Palazzo Caffarelli, restored to life through the commitment and the project of the Superintendency for Monuments and Cultural Properties of Rome is by David Chipperfield Architects Milan.



Musei Capitolini
, New venue at Palazzo Caffarelli
Opening hours

From 25 September 2020 to 27 June 2021. The dates indicated may vary.
Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30
24 and 31 December: 9.30 - 14.00
Last admission 1 hour before closing time.
Closed: 25 December, 1 January, 1 May.
N.B For eventual openings/closures please visit the page dedicated to the announcements

Entrance ticket

From September 25, 2020 on the occasion of the exhibition The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces
Exhibition only Tickets:
  - Adults € 13,00;  
  - Concessions € 11,00;
  - Special School groups € 4,00 per student (free entrance for one accompanying teacher for every 10 students);
  - Special Family € 22,00 (2 adults and children under 18 years of age). 
Exhibition path will
also include the overall view of the Esedra room of Marco Aurelio.
Integrated Musei Capitolini + Exhibition
The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces ticket
- Adults € 22,00;  
- Concessions € 20,00.
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID):
- Adults: € 21,00;
- Concessions: € 19,00.
Free admission:
- Children up to 6 years
- disabled visitors and a carer
- European Union Tourist Guides
- Tourist interpreters from the European Union
- Members of ICOM, ICOMOS, Accademia dei Lincei, Istituto Studi Romani, Amici dei Musei di Roma and ICCROM

- residents in the European Union aged between 6 and 25;
- over 65 years of age;
- Journalists with press card (professionals, practitioners, freelance);
- Teachers;
- MIC card holders
MIC card allows free access to museum spaces only
MIC card holders can access the exhibition by purchasing the reduced exhibition only ticket   

Audio guide for the exhibition: Italian and English € 4.00    



Tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm)

Salvatore Settis e Carlo Gasparri

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