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Palazzo Altemps

Palazzo Altemps (55)

The Palazzo Altemps, current site of the Museo Nazionale Romeno (or the National Museum of Rome), has recently been magnificently restored after a long period of neglect.

The palace originally belonged to the Riario family, who built it in 1477. During the popular uprisings of 1484, the building was sacked and the Riarios fled Rome. Later, in 1568, Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps bought the palace and brought together a great collection of sculptures in it.

The Italian government bought the building in 1982. 

The palace contains a great variety of works. On the ground floor, for example, is the Greek statue “Athenea Partenos”, “Hercules” and the “Ludovisi Ares”. On the first floor, at the end of the patio, one can admire the decoration of the Painted Gallery. The first floor is also home to works such as the “Ludovisi Throne”, which shows the birth of Aphrodite, and the striking “Sarcophagus”. 

If you go to the room known as the Salone del Camino, you can appreciate the moving “Galatian committing suicide”.

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