Etruscans in Rome: Gregorian Etruscan Department in the Vatican Museums with Livia Galante

Etruscans in Rome: Gregorian Etruscan Department in the Vatican Museums with Livia Galante


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Not many know that, in the Vatican Museums, there is a splendid department dedicated to the Etruscan Civilization, founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1837, one of the first devoted expressly to Etruscan crafts. The museum occupies the Palazzetto del Belvedere designed by Antonio del Pollaiolo, at the end of 1400s and the apartment of Tor dei Venti of Pius IV Medici initiated by Michelangelo and finished by Pirro Ligorio in the second half of the 1500s. 

The artworks exhibited cover a long period and allow us to reconstruct the history of the Etruscan civilization from the lron Age (X- IX C B.C.) throughout the I C BC when the Etruscans were merged with the Romans. Among the absolute masterpieces of this precious collection, there are the rare bronze statue of the s.c. Mars of Todi, V C BC, the magnificent Jewelry from the Regolini-Galassi tomb, VII C, painted cinerary urns, stunning terracotta reliefs and a precious section with Greek vases, the most famous of which is the s.c. Exekias amphora. 

Led by an expert on Ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this Conversation will focus on the Gregorian Etruscan Museum. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the importance of this department of the Vatican Museums as well as dive deeper in the Etruscan civilization. 

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic about sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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