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The museum was created by Pope Clemente XIV (1769-1774) and  Pio VI (1775-1799), to keep the Greek and the Roman masterpices of the Vatican.

GUIDED TOUR

APOXYOMENOS’ PRIVATE ROOM
Was a Roman copy from Lisippo (320 b.C.) stays.

OCTAGON  COURTYARD
Among the most famous statues:

  • Apollo del Belvedere
    Roman copy (II century a.C.) from Leochares (330-320 b.C.)

  • Gruppo del Laocoonte
    Roman copy (I century a.C.) from Hagesandros, Athanadoros e Polydoros (II century b.C.)

  • Perseus with the head of Medusa
    By Antonio Canova (1800-1801)


Close to the courtyard:

ANIMALS ROOM
Which keeps statues of animals of Roman age.

STATUES GALLERY
Which shows precious roman statues as:

  • Apollo "Sauroktonos"
    From Prassitele (350 circa b.C.)

  • Sleeping Arianna
    From Pergamo school (II century b.C.)


BUSTS ROOM

Showing portraits of Roman emperors


MASKS PRIVATE ROOM
Showing the unforgettable Venere Cnidia, roman copy from Prassitele


MUSES ROOM
Which keeps statues of Muses and poets.
In the center of the room stands the famous “Torso del Belvedere”, by the Athenian sculptor Apollonio (I century b.C.).


ROUND ROOM
In the center of the room there is a big round basin, coming from the Nero’s Domus Aurea. In the same room the gilded bronze Ercole (II century b.C) is very impressive.


GREEK CROSS ROOM,
Showing very actractive a mosaic of the III century a.D. and two enormous sarcophagus depicting Sant’Elena (IV century a.D.), Costantino’s mother (306-337), and Costantina, Costantino’s daughter.

 

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