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Aurora old cottage - Roma

The "Casino dell’Aurora" is the only surviving structure of the ancient Villa Boncompagni-Ludovisi, which was built in 1621 by the Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi on the site of the ancient Horti Sallustiani. The Villa included three buildings, one of them was the preexistent "Casino del Monte", built in 1595, later called "Casino dell’Aurora". On the front of the "Casino" stand two colossal marble sculptures of Daci, which probably belonged to the ancient collection of marbles and sculptures of the original Villa structure. Before our restoration works, both sculptures were covered by uniformly dark surface crusts of various sorts, several portions of the statues had broken and were at risk of collapse as the oxidation of the iron pivots used in previous repairs were compromising the sound construction of the sculptures.
(Photo by P.Soriani)
Aurora old cottage  - Rome

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