This is an archaeological museum with wonderful statuary including the discus thrower, two of them, in fact, one of which is the most complete of its kind. Then there are the mosaics which are entrancing, some with tesserae perhaps ¼” long, and with shading on the figures created by the use of different color pieces of stone.
The room that holds Caligula's boats that were retrieved from the bottom of a lake in 1928 is fascinating.
But perhaps the best holdings of the museum were the frescos from various villas. They were entrancing, with pieces located on the walls in the exact position in which they were originally found. Thus there were walls where there were only 1 or 2 fragments on the upper part but with almost complete lower parts. Many of the latter were painted in black with wispy figures on them engaged in different activities. Some were from the underground grotto of Livia’s (Augustus’ wife) villa and showed her garden with many different plants in bloom and bearing fruit, and many different birds. Also amazing were the frescos from the Villa of Farnesina of which many rooms in different color schemes--the yellow bedroom, the green room, and others--were displayed. Exquisite.
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