Beauty is created by the people, there is no more centered phrase than the dialogue of beauty among the peoples of the Egyptians and the Etruscans in Rome. On display for the first time in Rome, we see some objects, life, society that remind us of the trades spent between these two important past civilizations. Years ago it was my aunt archaeologist of the Accademia dei Lincei who told me about this dialogue between ancient civilizations before and that is in fact confirmed today in this wonderful exhibition, … the studies and history go on in this research every day.

In the new space for temporary exhibitions of the Centrale Montemartini, an exhibition has opened that places at its center, the dialogue between two great Mediterranean peoples, the Ezigi and the Etruscans. The exhibition curators are: Claudio Parisi Presicce, Simona Carosi, Antonella Magagnini and Alfonsina Russo, archeologist and director of the Colosseum archaeological park, who personally followed the latest discoveries of the ancient Vulci, near Rome, including very important discoveries in 2016 and 2017 finds that have contributed to enlarge the findings already found in previous investigations, in particular “the tomb of the golden scarab” and the “Tomb of the Silver Hands” of the VIII century BC. The funerary equipment was discovered as part of the activity to combat illegal excavations that daily commit the Carabinieri Command Cultural Heritage together with the Superintendence.

The exhibition offers a new vision with an approach between Egyptians and Etruscans who had very close productions and ideologies. The birth, development and exchange of two of the greatest Mediterranean civilizations. Also presented to the public are some objects collected by great patrons such as Augusto Castellani, Giovanni Baracco and Eugene Berman who donated substantial collections to the City of Rome.

On this exhibition are exposed and compared precious objects found in Vulci dating back to the VIII-VII century BC. and to the III century a.C. Many magnificent archaeological objects found in these sumptuous funerary objects have some peculiarities that really lead us to think of a continuous dialogue between the Etruscans and the Egyptians, for exemple the scarab or the cup coming from Alexandria (it seems almost of the Elizabethan period) found in Vulci.

From the entry in chronological order of dates, we first find a description of volumes and findings with beautiful fabrics, then the splendid funerary masks placed near the faces of Etruscan antefixes in terracotta. In the Hall we find the two princely sepulchres of the seventh century BC and in detail all the findings, objects have rarely been found, as the tombs were often looted over time. All very descriptive and definitely explanatory for adults and children.

The exhibition is divided into five sections: the gold, the metal of the Gods, the oriental royalty and its perception in the world, life after death, and finally the perfumes and cosmetics that demonstrate the commercial side that entertained the two populations. For the younger ones, masks that speak to us and describe the digital age are reproduced.

A unique exhibition that is rare and I must say excellence in Rome within the Central Montemartini Museum which already houses a beautiful Greek and Roman collection.

Eugene Berman Russian painter, illustrator and set designer, but also an art collector; The exhibits are those that he bought during his travels in Egypt between 1964 and 1965 and having established himself in Rome, in 1972, at his death, he donated, along with the rest of the collection, to the Italian State and for it to the direction for the Archaeological heritage of southern Etruria.

The Exhibition

“Etruscan Egyptians. From Eugene Berman to the golden scarab “

Centrale Montemartini
Via Ostiense, 106
00154 Rome

Hours h 9-19

Phone +39 060608

For children up to 16 years free entry – Closed from 21 to 30.06.18

Ancient sculpture museum, in a former power plant, with Greek & Roman statues, busts & friezes.


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By Sveva Manfredi Zavaglia

She is an independent curator, art advisor and international marketing management consultant. For more than 20 years, he has been a cultural designer of events related to contemporary art with particular attention to unusual spaces and interactions with other arts.

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