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Rome seen from its historic hill: Capitoline Hill

2016-07-10


The painter of light, William Turner, could not resist the Eternal City and was amazed at what he found. Turner sought to portray a very particular and different image of Rome. He chose to depict Rome from the Capitoline Hill, or Piazza del Campidoglio in Italian.

ALBERTO DANTI
Commissary
"When most of the painters and artists wanted to enjoy the best panoramic view of the Roman ruins around 1700-1800 and the mythical vision of the city was popular, Turner paints the Capitoline Hill, most likely from the Senatorial Palace to depict the strength and importance of the city as the ultimate symbol represented by the hill."

From this view "Campidoglio, myth, memory and archeology" delves into the life of the historic area of Rome, and articulates its glory and the passage of time.

ALBERTO DANTI
Commissary
"It was the place of excellence in the city, where all the triumphal processions ended, where the spoils of war was deposited in front of Jupiter or Minerva and where everyone wanted to leave a memory. It also happened in the Roman Forum, but the Forum or square had a commercial, administrative and legal nature. However the Capitoline, the square opposite of the temple area was the heart of the city."

This is a majestic scene of the Roman events. Now the Campidoglio continues to reveal its secrets with pieces found between 2008 and 2014, dating back to the sixth century BC, and belonging to the important temple of Jupiter Capitoline in ancient Rome. 

They are delicate terracottas in excellent condition that have been preserved due to the conditions of soil moisture. Therefore, it is possible to appreciate this delicate detail, such as a red teardrop on the face of this figure. 

The Campidoglio also captures the memory of recent centuries, not only ancient history. For example, the German presence in Italy when the Prussian empire was the owner of a large area of the hill, the palace Caffarelli. Only with the end of the empire in 1918, the hill once again belonged to the Italians and the palace was destroyed. Only some of the paintings hanging on the walls were preserved.

In later excavations, there are curious pieces found. A few feet carved in marble for the traveler to have the best path. 


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