Relief from the Arch of Portugal: donation of food to Roman children

Rilievo dall'Arco di Portogallo: elargizione di aiuti alimentari ai bambini romani
Author: 
Type: 
Sculpture
Year: 
2nd century AD
Material and technique: 
Marble
Size: 
cm 293
Origin: 
From Rome, Via del Corso - Arch of Portugal (1662)
Inventory: 
inv. MC0832
Collection: 

The hall

Palazzo dei Conservatori - Scalone

The landings on the main staircase that leads to the upper floors feature large historical reliefs which originally were used to decorate public monuments. 
Three panels from a triumphal arch refer to the exploits of Marcus Aurelius and are lined up on the first landing, while another three portraying the Emperor Hadrian are distributed one on each landing. 
On the top floor, on either side of the entrance to the Picture Gallery, two splendid panels inlaid with coloured marble from the Basilica Iunii Bassi on the Esquiline face each other. 

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