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The Gipsoteca di Arte Antica is located in the historic center of Pisa and is part of the University Museums of the University of Pisa. The collection of the Gipsoteca di Arte Antica, one of the first in Italy, began in 1887 on the initiative of Gherardo Ghirardini who was inspired by the model of Germanic archeology. The collection today offers a synthesis of the most famous and significant works of Greek, Etruscan and Roman art, alongside lesser-known or unpublished specimens, and small plastic artifacts: faithful reproductions of ancient works preserved in different national and foreign museums, in some cases lost and, sometimes, particular versions resulting from historical restorations or reconstructions specially made in Pisa on the basis of new interpretative proposals. The Gipsoteca now also houses the collection of the Antiquarium of classical archeology and the Palethnological Collections. During the emergency closure, the University Museum System and also the Gipsoteca di Arte Antica have enhanced their virtual part, becoming SMArt, offering new digital contents to accompany the discovery of the museums.

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