Palazzo Altemps
National Roman Museum
Rome, Piazza Sant'Apollinare 46
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In the 17th december 1997, a double event has been celebrated in Rome: the end of the works of repair of Palazzo Altemps, which lasted fifteen years, a renaissance palace in the center of Rome, and the reopening to the public of the beautifull collection Ludovisi. A legendary collection this of the Boncompagni Ludovisi princes, families of popes and cardinals who keep in the rooms and gardens of their beautifull roman house a multitude of ancient statues; a crowd of Gods, fauns, satyrs, ninphes, athletes and warriors.
Works that for ages have represented a typical example of the ancient beauty, copied with personal reconstructions and audacious repairs, by greats artists, as Bernini.  
In the 1901 Boncompagni princes putted up  to sale their collection.  Italian State bought only 96 of the 460 sculptures, so the collection was dispersed and the statues were separated in differents museums.
After arranging temporarily the statues in the Bath Museum, closed from a decade, now , at last, works have found, in Altemps Palace, a seat worthy of their rank.
Statues have been located according to a precise standard: that is restoring scenes of the renaissance and baroque Rome which was adorned by those marble groups.
They tried to stick closely to the sixteenth-century taste, integrating the statues where the Altemps had their collection.
The statues were almost all of roman age. However many were on greek style, so, for the sixteenth-seventeenth century learned men, who didn't do many distinction between originals and copies, the collection was the symbol of beauty in the ancient Greece.
Composed of a hundred pieces at that moment, today the State has saved about sixteen works, as many are in the most importants museums of the world, from Louvre to Pushkin.
Among the masterpieces displayed, we remind the Ludovisi throne, one of the most famous piece in the collection, it shows Venere's birth, but for some people, among them Federico Zeri, it could be a false of the nineteenth century. And also, the famous group of Oreste and Elettra, embracing and saying goodbye to each other, milestone for entire generations of sculptures, so as Ares Ludovisi, called "the most beauty Marte in the ancient times" by the famous archaeologist Winkelmann.
Behind the brightness of the sculptures and paintings is hidden a tragedy that left to Altemps Palace the fame of a damned place: Cardinal Altempsi made the mistake to give in marriage his son Roberto with one of the Orsini, a family in hatred to the pope Sisto V, who in revenge, accused Roberto of adultery, and cut off his head.
As a memory, Roberto's son, ordered to paint in the chappel of the palace a great fresco which reproduced the father decapitation, so that the torture couldn't be forgotten.
Visiting Altemps Palace, italians and foreigners, have a unique esperience, it's a not to be missed appointment with art and culture of all time.
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The Palace of Altemps is one of the most interesting examples of the Renaissance architecture in Rome. Construction was started by Girolamo Riario in 1477 in the place where, in antiquity, existed marble workshops, possibly with a temple of Apollo nearby. Since 1997 it has been one of the four centres which comprise the National Roman Museum. In the palace are Renaissance and Baroque sculptures such as the famous Boncompagni Ludovisi collection, the rich sixteenth century collection of Asdrubale and Ciriaco Mattei and the Altemps collection itself. The latter collection includes 16 statues which were reacquired by the State, four of which are located under the arches of the gatehouse. Among these collections are some very famous works of art, such as the Birth of Venus which forms part of the Ludovisi Collection, probably dating back to the fifth century BC. Further examples include 'Orestes and Electra' embracing and saying farewell to each other and 'Aries', described by Winkelmann as "the most beautiful representation of Mars from antiquity". There is an important collection of statues in the Sala delle Feste, among the group representing Galata's suicide which was found together with a sculpture of the dying Galata, now housed at the Capitolini Museum. There also Roman copies of original Greek works. The Egyptian holdings are not available for viewing, with just one room open to the public. When visiting the museum it is also possible to see the Church of Sant'Aniceto, whose construction was commissioned by Giovanni Angelo Altemps in 1603, one of the richest churches of Rome and in which is also housed a large number of relics and the vestiments of Sant'Aniceto, one of the first Popes. The nearby recently restructured Goldoni Theatre, functions also as a conference centre.

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History of the building

Dionysus with a panther and satyr, from the Palazzo Altemps.
Coins on display in the basement of the Palazzo Massimo, Rome Italy.
A Dionysus Sardanapalus from the Palazzo Massimo.Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
Museo Nazionale RomanoBuilt in the 15th century by the Riario family and rebuilt by the architect Martino Longhi for the cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps in the 16th century, it was granted by the State to the musueum in 1982 and inaugurated in 1997.

Collections
It houses the museum's displays on the history of collecting (sculptures from Renaissance collections such as the Boncompagni-Ludovisi and Mattei collections, including the Ludovisi Ares and the Suicide of a Gaul (from the same Pergamon group as the Dying Gaul) and the 'Egyptian Collection (sculptures of eastern deities). The palace also includes also the historic private theatre, at present used to house temporary exhibitions, and the church of Sant' Aniceto.

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Opening hours from 9 am to 7:45 pm (December 24 and 31 from 9 am to 5 pm ) . Closed Monday (except Easter Monday and during the Cultural Heritage Week), January 1, May 1, December 25. Ticket office closes one hour before Museum closing time
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