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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - St. John Baptist
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Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
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Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna with child
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Peter Paul Rubens - San Sebastiano cured by the angels
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Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the straw
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Guido Reni - Salome with the head of the Baptist
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Christian Berentz - The elegant snack
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Corsini throne
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Jusepe de Ribera - Venus reaches dying Adonis
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Luca Giordano - Dispute of Jesus among the doctors
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Salvator Rosa - The torture of Prometheus
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Jusepe de Ribera - Denial of Peter
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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Madonna of the milk
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Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
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Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the four elements - Air, Water, Earth, Fire
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Hans Hoffmann - The hare
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Giovanni da Milano - Polyptych with Madonna and Child with Saints
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Mattia Preti - The tribute of the currency
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Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the shepherds
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - St. John Baptist
Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna with child
Peter Paul Rubens - San Sebastiano cured by the angels
Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the straw
Guido Reni - Salome with the head of the Baptist
Christian Berentz - The elegant snack
Corsini throne
Jusepe de Ribera - Venus reaches dying Adonis
Luca Giordano - Dispute of Jesus among the doctors
Salvator Rosa - The torture of Prometheus
Jusepe de Ribera - Denial of Peter
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Madonna of the milk
Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the four elements - Air, Water, Earth, Fire
Hans Hoffmann - The hare
Giovanni da Milano - Polyptych with Madonna and Child with Saints
Mattia Preti - The tribute of the currency
Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the shepherds

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Description

The so-called Corsini throne is one of the most fascinating and problematic objects in the collection. The sculpture was found between 1732 and 1734, during the excavations carried out to build the foundations of the Corsini family chapel in the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. The back is divided into two registers delimited by a frame with a branch of ivy, with a series of soldiers in the upper one and wild boar hunting scenes in the lower one. On the base, above a plant frieze, the main figured band develops with scenes of sacrifice, struggle and procession of unclear interpretation. By type and decoration, the work is part of the series of funerary thrones widespread in the Etruscan environment and mainly made of bronze or terracotta. The use of marble and the place where it was found, however, bring the object back to the Roman context and make it unique in the panorama of ancient sculptural production. Its uniqueness, together with the events relating to the place of discovery, has, however, allowed us to hypothesize its function and role: it would, in fact, be the symbol of the royal descent of the most important of the women of the Plautii Silvani family, Urgulania, of Etruscan lineage and married around 40 BC. by M. Plautius, vir praetorius. The work is, therefore, a faithful Roman copy of the late Republican age of an Etruscan princely throne from the end of the fifth century BC, as proof of the royalty of the gens of Urgulania.

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