Take a journey back to rediscover a hidden Rome, with its ancient beauty and splendor of Renaissance palaces, Baroque squares and churches.
Promoted by Roma Culture, the Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage in collaboration with the Sapienza University of Rome - Department of History Anthropology Religions Art Performing Arts. The lost face of Rome highlights the pivotal role of the city in Christian and medieval Europe, for simple pilgrims as for rulers and emperors.
Curated by Anna Maria D'Achille and Marina Righetti, organized by Zètema Progetto Cultura. The exhibition covers a time span from the 6th to the 14th century, from the time of Pope Gregory the Great, to the announcement of the first Jubilee of 1300. With numerous works including mosaics, frescoes and movable works, mostly from places in Rome and Roman collections. To highlight parts of the city that survive still, even if often hidden, with the aim of encouraging visitors, and especially Romans, to rediscover the riches of the city.
Basilicas and palaces, popes and cardinals, kings and emperors, artists and artisan shops. This is the Rome that must have presented itself to the medieval traveler: a fervent city embraced by the meandering Tiber river with its ports and bridges, making the background and theater of urban life and activities.
The vast complex of the Lateran, San Pietro in Vaticano, San Paolo fuori le mura (Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls) and Santa Maria Maggiore, monuments that have now profoundly changed, but hold important medieval vestiges.
The reconstruction of a sacred space of a medieval church, set up in the great hall of the Museum, allows visitors to journey back in time with wisps of medieval liturgy. Liturgical furnishings, precious reliquaries, objects, furniture, frescoes and works of all kinds fill the space.
The exhibition concludes in a room dedicated to one last, but important aspect: the life of the Jewish community that settled in Rome as early as the second century BC. With alternating events, living continuously in the city. Constituting of, especially in the thirteenth century, a high-level cultural center, also for its international exchanges.