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Trove of ancient treasures goes on show

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For much of the last century, the Torlonia Collection, the largest collection of classical sculpture still in private hands, remained hidden to the world.

A private museum founded in 1875 to showcase the antique marbles amassed by Prince Alessandro Torlonia and his father in the tradition of noble families — like the Borghese, Barberini or Doria Pamphilj — was originally open only to a select public, and, after a few decades, not at all.

Most scholars knew the 620 works — an assortment of Greek and Roman statues, busts, vases, sarcophagi and reliefs dating from the 5th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. — only through the photographs in a catalog that was published in 1884.

Full article at the NY Times: Link

The Torlonia Collection: Link

Edited by Eldorado
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Beautiful statuary. I hope they eventually do go on international tour. New York and Philadelphia are very close to me and I'd love to see this. 

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Bought or plundered?

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