Texts by Gianni Guadalupi, Marie-Noëlle Pinot de Villechenon
1998 / 84 PAGES
The Domus Aurea, which was buried for centuries, was rediscovered in the 15th century and showed an unknown pictorial universe. Imaginatively copied and combined, those ancient frescoes were reborn in the engraved and coloured plates of a marvellous 18th-century album.
Italian villas have always had a long history behind them, and there is no historical era which did not feature them as protagonists. Many have been consigned to history but none has ever equalled the beauty and fame of the Domus Aurea, a name inextricably tied to the emperor Nero. The volume presents the album of over sixty works created at the end of the 18th century by a small team of neoclassical artists. They gained entry through the subterranean section of the Domus Aurea - at the time confused with the Baths of Titus - and reproduced the frescoes, freely reinventing and modifying what was considered difficult to understand or what differed from the aesthetic standards of the time.