The millenary beauties of Ancient Rome are glowing again thanks to Enel Green Power

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Octavian Augustus, Trajan, Livia, Septimius Severus, Marcus Aurelius, Agrippina and Flavia Julia Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine I, "are just some of the names housed in these environments, characters that have marked indelibly the fate not only of this city, but of many ancient peoples bound together by the power of Rome. "Finally, she thanked EGP: "If today we can give the Hall of the Emperors back to Rome and the world, we must undoubtedly thank Enel Green Power as well as the Department of Culture to the Superintendent, the technicians and all the workers who worked faultlessly to let everyone see these spaces again", concluded the mayor.

The restoration of the Hall of the Emperors led to unexpected results, such as the discovery of some eighteenth-century gilt and other previously unknown decorative details. The rediscovery of the original leaf gilding of pod-and spindle whorls have given new light to the frames of stucco reliefs. The plaster has been returned to its original colour, significantly damaged by the action of time. In particular, the shades used in the eighteenth century have been brought back, recovering the blue-heron ("the colour of air") of the walls and the delicate ivory adopted for the architectural elements, the pilasters with plant decorations, the wreaths as oak leaves.

A careful restoration work has focused on the six ancient bas-reliefs embedded in the walls, among which the one depicting the myth of Perseus and Andromeda, the one with Endymion asleep on a rock and the one dedicated to the Nymphs stand out. In fact, once liberated from the thick layer of dust and fouling, eliminated the heavy and intrusive fillings, we can now appreciated them in all their formal and aesthetic magnificence, fully confirming the admiration aroused in past centuries by artists and scholars. Of particular interest is the discovery of the eighteenth-century terracotta integration in the sarcophagus with Dionysian in combat, made to fill by means of camouflage the original gap. Amazing is also the restoration of the eight busts on the shelves and the excellent recovery of the counters supporting the imperial portraits, masterfully decorated in stucco and fake marble.