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The Torlonia marbles
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The astonishing collection of extraordinary life like Roman sculptures

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-57030067
"You can be young without money but you can't be old without money"
Maggie the Cat from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." by Tennessee Williams
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Wow, those sculptures are amazing!
[Image: 51806835273_f5b3daba19_t.jpg]  <<< It's mine!
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(05-16-2021, 03:12 PM)CellarDweller Wrote: Wow, those sculptures are amazing!
A shame they’re hidden away if they are indeed.There’s a real problem though for Italian authorties and private foundations with preservation etc. There's more significant architecture, sculpture etc in Italy than there are funds available to preserve them, let alone put them on public display. 
One compensation is the growing collection of ‘romanitic ruins’ so many gardeners find the perfect background for their botanical creations. de Ninfa for instance. In fact some of the Toriona marbles wouldn’t lookout of place dotted about here and there.
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What is so remarkable about the statues is that unlike many that are idealised representations of the people, these definitely belong to the "warts and all" school.

Another interesting fact about the owner was that his ancestors purchased their title from the Pope, it wasn't earned in any way.
"You can be young without money but you can't be old without money"
Maggie the Cat from "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." by Tennessee Williams
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(05-17-2021, 08:19 AM)LONDONER Wrote: What is so remarkable about the statues is that unlike many that are idealised representations of the people, these definitely belong to the "warts and all" school.

Another interesting fact about the owner was that his ancestors purchased their title from the Pope, it wasn't earned in any way.
Delving into the history of the Popes reveals many questionable title grants and opens a can of worms.
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(05-17-2021, 08:47 AM)Karl Rand Wrote:
(05-17-2021, 08:19 AM)LONDONER Wrote: Delving into the history of the Popes reveals many questionable title grants and opens a can of worms.

You mean like the many Popes "nephews"?
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