Museo Nazionale Palazzo MassimoMay 12, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 15 °C
Doug spent time in this very impressive museum of ancient Roman and Greek artifacts. The displays are well done with excellent placards.
The works of art are housed within a 19th century neo-renaissance style palace in the center of the city originally intended as a Jesuit seminary. The museum artifacts are spread over 4 floors and consist of sculptures, coins, jewelry, frescoes and mosaics from the Republican, Ancient Roman Empire and late Roman Empire periods. There are also original Greek sculptures which were discovered in Rome which include the Boxer at Rest, the Dying Niobid and the statue of Augustus Pontifex Maximus. Perhaps the best known piece in the museum is the Discus thrower (Lancelotti Discobolus) this is one of several copies of the 2nd century bronze original by Myron. There are very good frescoes that were found in the House of Livia on the Palatine Hill.