Capitoline Museums, Rome, Italy
01/04/2001 to 01/07/2001
Type of Intervention: 
Conservation treatment of the statues and final aesthetic presentation
Comune di Roma, Sovrintendenza BB.AA.SS.
Scientific Direction: 
Dott.sa Marina Mattei, Capitoline Museums
Technical Direction: 
Roberto Nardi

The statue of Athena, in Parian marble, and the statue of Dionysus, in Greek marble, the two monumental marble statues representing the emperor Hadrian with the symbols of Mars and Hercules, and the altar depicting scenes from the life of Zeus are pieces of great archaeological value and technical and artistic quality. The statues are composed of original parts reattached and innumerable marble infills from antiquarian restorations. They are all on display in the halls of the Capitoline Museums.

The restoration treatment, performed by the CCA, Centro di Conservazione Archeologica, was directed toward stabilizing any unsafe parts, removing deposits of dirt and alterations, consolidating loose areas and improving the legibility of the surfaces and ways to distinguish the non-original inserts from ancient restorations.