Anna Maria Riccomini

Monumenti antichi di Roma in un disegno attribuito a Nicolas Poussin

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  • Among Poussinâ€
  • s drawings portraying Roman antiques as statues
  • urns
  • sarcophagi
  • relief
  • small bronzes
  • terracottas
  • cameos
  • commonly used objects
  • are extremely rare the monuments with its crackled wall full of weeds or the remote corners of Rome with an ancient ruin unexpectedly standing out. All that repertoire of Vestiges of the ancient Rome that were portrayed in the etchings of the sixteenth century and that still during Poussin could rely on many followers. Much more interesting is
  • therefore
  • a drawing of Poussin
  • sketched out on the verso of a sheet and housed in the Royal Library in Turin (inv. 16287). In the lower part
  • it portrayed the four-faced arch
  • named Janus arch
  • in the Forum Boarium while in the upper side
  • the entry of the Soderini garden
  • one of the most curious ancient garden in Rome
  • built on the ruins of the Mausoleum of Augustus. Throughout the second half of the sixteenth century
  • the Soderini garden was a place appreciated by artists and antiquarians. Indeed
  • in the courtyard around the monument
  • they found out ancient statues and sarcophagi to copy and inscriptions to decipher. The courtyard access to the mausoleum with its famous classical statues became so familiar since it has been reproduced in many Rome guides. This treasure was doomed to disappear in the years as a sign of the economic and political plight that
  • at the end of the century
  • hit the Soderini family and that
  • at the end of the seventeenth century will bring about a complete alienation of the building and of the few antiques left


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