Museum of Archaeology
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma
IN ROME AND ANN ARBOR REJOINED
of Empire: Flavian Fragments in Rome and Ann Arbor Rejoined tells
an intriguing story of archaeological detection that led to the identification
of fragments of sculpture from a lost Roman imperial monument, the Templum
Gentis Flaviae (the Temple of the Flavian Clan). This sanctuary of
the Flavian family served as a temple and tomb for the three emperors
of Rome's second imperial dynasty (AD 69-96), Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian.
It was built in the early AD 90s by the last Flavian emperor, Domitian.
Based on fragments of marble sculptures in the collections of the Kelsey
Museum and the Museo Nazionale Romano in Rome, the exhibition presents
a hypothetical reconstruction of two parts of this still-elusive Roman
exhibition contains three full-scale models of parts of the dynastic complex
decorated by the marble fragments. One frieze reconstructs part of the
precinct wall that enclosed an altar. The other two restored friezes depict
a sacrificial procession, and Vespasian's return to Rome. The exhibition
consists of six ancient marbles belonging to the Kelsey Museum and casts
of nine marbles belonging to the Museo Nazionale Romano. The casts were
made by professional conservators in Rome using a technique that allowed
experts to produce replicas so faithful to the originals that it is nearly
impossible for the naked eye to distinguish between original and copy.
In this exhibition you will see not only the ancient Roman sculptures
but also the hypothetical reconstruction of the ancient Roman complex
developed by Dr. Rita Paris of the Archaeological Superintendency of Rome.
fragments were first displayed in Rome in 1994 at the Museum Nazionale
Romano, in an exhibition curated by Dr. Rita Paris entitled Dono Hartwig.
Originali ricongiunti e copie tra Roma e Ann Arbor. Ipotesi per il Templum
Gentis Flaviae, with an accompanying catalogue in Italian. A second
exhibition followed in 1996 at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. Curated by Dr. Elaine Gazda under the title Images
of Empire: Flavian Fragments in Rome and Ann Arbor Rejoined, the American
exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue
in English, which documents when, where, how, and by whom the fifteen
sculptural fragments were found, why scholars believe the fragments come
from the same architectural monument, and what that monument's purpose
was. This website serves as a record of the exhibition as presented at
the Kelsey Museum in 1996.
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Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali, Soprintendenza Archeologica
di Roma and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan.
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