A Day at Centrale Montemartini Museum

Centrale Montemartini Rome

First Floor Roman Sculpture

Rome deserted; It is the Day after August and the weather is not too good…what can do? We decided to visit the Centrale Montemartini in Rome, Ostiense and I can say that we had a great idea! The Museum was born in 1997 as a result of exhibition called “The machines and the Gods” set up inside the first Roman Public Power Plant. A mix of industrial and classical architecture made harmonious in a single enviroment.

The wonderful museum space, for the first time conceived as temporary on the occasion of the return of a part of sculptures in the Capitolin Museums in 2005, at the end of renovation work, has been confirmed as the permanent collections of more recent acquisition of the Capitoline Museum.

Sketching at the Museum Centrale Montemartini Roma

Sketching at the Museum

Coming in the Museum the first impression you get is of a metaphysical and surreal enviroment;
it seems to be in a “Steam Punk” yarn, with giants machinery of old electric factory share against Busts, Semibusts made by white marble. Split into two levels the first is dedicated to friezes, monumental sculptures and sculptural heads while the second floor is devoted entirely to remains found in the Temple of Apollo Sosianus dating of the V century A.C., (near the Marcello’s Theatre) and you can also admire a beautiful mosaic rebuilt telling about “The Boar Hunt”.

What I was most intrigued by? Some wonderful discoveries of a colossal statue of a goddess, the statue of the Satyr Marsyas (see from Ovidio’s Metamorphoses book the story of “Apollo and Marsyas”) and finally the numerous busts of ancient roman soldier.

At the end of the tour in the museum, fortunately, we thought good to bring with us the sketchbook to do some draw and sketch of live statues!

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