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Photo-post #3 – The Ludovisi throne

The Ludovisi Throne is a three faces bas-relief, found in 1887 in Villa Ludovisi, built on Horti Sallustiani (garden of Sallust) area.
Its authenticity is still debated: the majority accept the provenance from Magna Grecia, and more precisely from the Venus temple located in Locri (in the south of Italy), but an alternative view of this story tells that this sculpture is a false, made in late 1800.

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And its function? It is debated too! It could be a ritual throne, or the base of a statue, or more simply a decoration of the temple.
On the left hand panel, a naked woman playing the aulos (Greek double pipe). It is one of the masterpieces of the Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Altemps.


  • Where: Museo Nazionale Romano – Palazzo Altemps, piazza Sant’Apollinare 46, few steps away from piazza Navona
  • When: if you are in piazza Navona you cen get this amazing museum to admire a great archaeological collection. for opening times you can check on the website
  • Why: the museum houses important art collections of greek and roman sculpture, that in XVI and XVII centuries belonged to four roman families. There you can learn about restoration practicies during the Renaissance.

The single ticket (only 7 euro) is valid 3 days and for 4 sites of the Museo Nazionale Romano: Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Massimo, Crypta Balbi and Palazzo Altemps.

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