FONDAZIONE TORLONIA

The Fondazione Torlonia was founded at the behest of Prince Alessandro Torlonia with the aim of preserving and promoting both the Torlonia Collection - the most prestigious private collection of Greek-Roman sculptures in the world - and Villa Albani Torlonia, one of the highest expressions of eighteenth-century taste. Together they constitute a “cultural heritage of the Family for humanity” to be handed down to future generations.

2020

Torlonia marbles

More than 90 marbles have been selected by Salvatore Settis and Carlo Gasparri from among the 620 marbles catalogued in the Torlonia Collection for the exhibition The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces which will open to the public on the 14th of October 2020 in Rome. A historic agreement signed in 2016 between the Fondazione Torlonia and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism constitutes the fruit of authentic collaboration between the public and private spheres in the interests of culture and will lead to a world tour of the collection to some of the most prestigious museums in the world, starting from the exhibition in the new display venue of the Capitoline Museums in Villa Caffarelli, and will culminate with the opening of a new Torlonia Museum to be open to the public on a permanent basis in Rome.

Torlonia Collection

The Torlonia Collection is known as the most important private collection of ancient art in the world. It is an exceptional assembly of works: sarcophagi, busts and Greco-Roman statues. resulting from acquisitions of the most prominent collections of Rome’s patrician families, as well as from excavation finds made on the Family’s own estates. It is a collection of collections, which, over the various stages of its constitution, wrote the very history of collecting antiquities.

Villa Albani Torlonia

Villa Albani Torlonia and its collections of ancient masterpieces were laid out according to a precise ground plan: statues, bas-reliefs and fountains – ensconced between the various buildings and gardens of the villa – rise like a vast architectural complex, in a choral composition of environments, landscapes and works of art that ‘live’ here as if forever waiting to be rediscovered. The classicist dream of Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692–1779), who promoted the growing neoclassical movement thanks to the ‘Cenacle of Villa Albani’ – which included talents of the likes of Giovanni Battista Nolli, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Johann Joachim Winckelmann – was preserved thanks to the Torlonia Family,who purchased the Villa in 1866, enlarging the collection and the gardens and restoring the most important cardinal residence of the eighteenth century, where in 1870 the Capture of Rome from the Papal States was signed.

Conservation

The Torlonia Collection and Villa Albani Torlonia are two extraordinary artistic complexes which were destined to intertwine over the course of history, both preserved with great care under the aegis of the same Family, through their constant and scrupulous protection, which the Foundation has continued with major achievements: the opening of the Laboratori Torlonia for the study and restoration of the more than 600 Torlonia marble items, and the innovative conservation programme of Villa Albani Torlonia.