Set up in the Octagonal Room and the five surrounding rooms, the exhibition Raffaello nella Domus Aurea. L’invenzione delle grottesche is accompanied by remarkable interactive and multimedia devices telling the extraordinary story of the rediscovery of ancient paintings buried in the "caves" of Nero's original Domus Aurea accompany the invention of grotesques.
The story begins around 1480, when some painters, among the first Pintoricchio, Filippino Lippi, and Signorelli, descend into the cavities of the Oppio hill by torchlight to admire the marvelous pictorial decorations. Since then, these ornaments are called grotesque. Unaware, these extraordinary artists discovered the forgotten ruins of Nero's immense imperial palace.
The project develops in the Octagonal Room, a true masterpiece of imperial Roman architecture, and in the rooms that surround it, accessible through large veils. Finely frescoed rooms where you can admire traces of the so-called "grotesques." The digital projections affect the entire space. The significant sound design project was achieved after in-depth historical research on the music of ancient Rome and the melodies of the Renaissance. The soundtrack is composed and performed in real-time, with digital generative music tools that evoke the sounds of instruments of the past and musical scales typical of the ancient era. The result is a harmonious soundscape with classic melodies, where even silence becomes an essential narrative element.
A new entrance
The exhibition has a dedicated entrance. It consists of a walkway that, from the park of Colle Oppio, creeps among the ruins, touching them, until it reaches the Octagonal Room of the Domus Aurea, passing through one of the original underground galleries of the Baths of Trajan. Thanks to this idea, it is possible to discover the stratifications of history and the beauty of the underground environments of this extraordinary imperial residence. A luminous guideline leads directly to the heart of the Neronian building.
New lighting, new fittings
The sculptures of the muse Talia and an Amazon, imposing capitals, and a marble pillar have been added to the Terpsichore already on display. The finds come from the deposits of the monument. Together with the frescoes, stuccos, and mosaics, they recall the splendour of the marbles that decorated the rooms of Nero's palace.
Decorative elements can now be admired in a new light. The brand-new lighting also provides sustainability not only for the entrance walkway but also for the spaces of the Domus Aurea, where even the interiors that erased the memory of the site, and which still fill some rooms, gain in grandeur.
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