Raphael and the grotesques, the exhibition at the Domus Aurea starts


From 23 June 2021 to 7 January 2022, Nero’s imperial residence hosts for the first time an immersive exhibition dedicated to ancient painting rediscovered in the “caves” of the ancient palace.


In the occasion of the reopening to the public of the Domus Aurea – with a renewed lighting system that enhances the spaces and decorative elements and with a new entrance for the public – the Neronian residence hosts for the first time an exhibition in the Octagonal Room: “Raphael and the Domus Aurea. The invention of the grotesques“. Conceived to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Raffaello Sanzio, the exceptional immersive exhibition is briefly dedicated to the rediscovery of ancient painting, buried in the “caves” of the forgotten ruins of Nero’s immense imperial palace.

The project, curated by Vincenzo Farinella and Alfonsina Russo with Stefano Borghini and Alessandro D’Alessio, promoted by the Colosseum Archaeological Park and produced by Electa, therefore intends to narrate the exceptional history of the rediscovery of ancient painting buried in the “caves” of Nero’s original Domus Aurea. A story that begins around 1480, when some painters, among the first Pinturicchio, Filippino Lippi and Signorelli, descend into the cavities of the Oppio hill – precisely defined caves – to go to torchlight, to admire the pictorial decorations of ancient Roman environments.

The exhibition

The exhibition will develop in Octagonal room, a true masterpiece of imperial Roman architecture, and in the five neighboring rooms, in addition to the Achille’s rooms in Sciro e of Hector and Andromache still preciously frescoed and where you can therefore admire traces of the so-called “grotesques”.

The multimedia language alternates between videomapping immersivi which they rebuild works by Raphael, animations, digital sets that tell anecdotes about the artists of the ‘500, generative art and morphing, digital archives and collages of grotesque and even surrealist-inspired decorative elements.

The project of the interactive and multimedia exhibition is particularly curated by the Milanese studio of Interaction e Exhibit Design Dotdotdot. The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog published by Electa, which briefly traces the rediscovery of the Domus Aurea and, in the same way, the invention of the grotesques thanks to the extraordinary impulse of Raphael.

TIMETABLES:

  • from Monday to Thursday:
    9.00-18.30 with quota entrances and shifts of up to 15 people every 15 minutes (guide included) *
    Last admission one hour before the site closes.
  • from Friday to Sunday:
    9.00 – 18.30 with quota entrances and shifts of up to 15 people every 15 minutes (guide included) *
    Last admission 90 minutes before the site closes.
  • From Friday to Sunday: ientrance from Via della Domus Aurea and exit from Via di Serapide.
  • From Monday to Thursday: entrance and exit from via del Serapide

ATTENTION: it is recommended to show up at the entrance with comfortable shoes and with adequate clothing since the temperature range inside the monument is considerable (the temperature is in fact about 10 degrees).

  • * Capacities and shifts will be subject to changes and revisions based on current regulations on measures to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Info http://raffaellodomusaurea.it

COSTS:

Monday to Thursday – accompanied visit:

  • WHOLE: 12,00 EURO
  • REDUCED: 9.00 EURO, visitors between 6 and 18 years of age, school teachers of all levels primary and secondary schools with letter from the institute, MIC employees;
  • FREE:
  • minors under 6 years old;
  • accompanying person (family member or belonging to social assistance services) of citizens of the European Union, handicapped persons with health documentation;
  • membri I.C.O.M.;
  • professional licensed tourist guides from the European Union;
  • Italian and foreign journalists with ID cards, only if previously accredited;
  • military and law enforcement officers on duty, 1 escort per group;
  • max 2 accompanying teachers per class.

from Friday to Sunday – visit with an educational operator

  • WHOLE: 18,00 EURO
  • REDUCED: EUR 15.00 for visitors between 6 and 18 years of age, school teachers of all levels; primary and secondary schools with letter from the institute, MIC employees;
  • FREE:
  • minors under the age of 6;
  • accompanying person (family member or belonging to social assistance services) of citizens of the European Union, handicapped persons with health documentation;
  • membri I.C.O.M.;
  • professional licensed tourist guides from the European Union;
  • Italian and foreign journalists with ID cards, only if previously accredited;
  • military and law enforcement officers on duty, 1 escort per group;
  • max 2 accompanying teachers per class.

Source: Colosseum Archaeological Park

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