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The Vatican recovers what Napoleon once took

2013-10-08

When Napoleons troops invaded Rome, they took art pieces like this one, from the Vatican. This portrait of Emperor Augustus is now back at the Vatican Museums for the first time in 200 years. All thanks to the Preziose Antichità exhibit.  

GUIDO CORNINI 
Curator of 'Preziose Antichità' 
"Not by chance this object was one of the pieces much sought after by the French when they were in Rome, because, although made in the Papacy, it still appealed the cesarean and imperial ideas Napoleon had.” 

When Napoleons troops invaded Rome, they took art pieces like this one, from the Vatican. This portrait of Emperor Augustus is now back at the Vatican Museums for the first time in 200 years. All thanks to the Preziose Antichità exhibit.  

This isn't the only item of extraordinary value. The French also took other pieces, like Roman coins and mosaics that reflect the first years of Christianity. There are also mythological representations made of marble

But these artworks won't stay at the Vatican. They will only be here for a few months. By January 4th, they will all go back to their respective museums. 

GUIDO CORNINI 
Curator of 'Preziose Antichità' 
"A dream come true, really, a dream come true. Of course we are sad that they have to go away again. So there's always a continuous historical shaping year per year, so it's good like this, to witness the stream and the flow of History. That's enough.” 

The room where the exhibition takes place also has its own history. It has one of the hidden treasures of the Vatican's Library: The famous fresco of "Aldobrandini Wedding.”


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