Classical Sculpture Collection to Open to Public

The Torlonia family has reached an agreement with the Italian government to permit an exhibit of some the more than 600 Greek and Roman statues that it maintains in its private collection. This will mark the first time in decades that any of the statues will be available for viewing by the public. The collection has been maintained in some of the Torlonia family’s several palaces in Rome since the 1960s.

Alessandro Poma Murialdo, of the Torlonia family, said one of the principles of the agreement was an understanding that the exhibition would be opened in Italy and then be shown in Europe and in the U.S. It is planned that the entire collection will eventually be housed in a museum in Rome. The collection was started by Giovanni Torlonia in 1810, with works that were largely unearthed on the family’s estates, including about 50 pieces found around what is now the Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport. The collection was shuttered from public view in the 1960s, after the family decided to convert the former exhibition building that was its private museum into a block of apartments. The family has made numerous studies in the past related to organizing a museum for the pieces, but after five long decades, it now appears that the collection will once again see the light of day.

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