The Torlonia collection is one of the most wonderful collections of ancient sculptures in the world. But also one of the most confidential. Composed of no less than 623 pieces, this set jealously held by the family of the same name presents an inestimable accumulation of treasures from Roman Antiquity: there are piled up shells, copies - and some originals - in marble of Greek classics, the wrinkled faces of venerable republicans, dozens of busts of emperors, a bronze of Germanicus, a whole menagerie of goats and satyrs, late sarcophagi, modest Venus, a concealed Ulysses, as well as exceptional bas-reliefs where some traces of polychromy remain. Presented to the public for the first time at the Capitoline Museum, at the Villa Caffarelli, 92 of these masterpiecesworks are currently the subject of a major exhibition event which is due to end on June 29. Their temporary return to the Torlonia family reserve is worrying, however. While a
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