Loquis: Pietro Rosa and the Horti Palatini Farnesiorum

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Pietro Rosa and the Horti Palatini Farnesiorum


Published on:  2018-02-18 06:36:00

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A descendant of Salvator Rosa, he studied painting and was a pupil of Luigi Canina, who introduced him to the Borghese family.  He later worked for Napoleon the Third, for whom in 1861 he directed the excavations in the Horti Palatini Farnesiorum (the Farnese Gardens), on the Palatine, where he made other important discoveries including that of the Tempio di Giove Statore and the Basilica Giulia. Between 1874 and 1875 he directed the excavations to free the Colosseum from the inside; the works in the amphitheatre, which was a religious symbol (for example housed at that time the Via Crucis), were considered almost sacrifices by the Catholic population, which staged protests, Pope Leo thirteenth in the head, with religious celebrations in surprise inside the structure, until Rosa convinced the people that it was better to dig it than to allow hypothetical ludi Carnascialeschi. He developed the « topographic map of Lazio », an archaeological chart found by Rosa himself between 1850 and 1870.

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