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The Santarelli Collection Hall of frescoes Hall of Pediment

Palazzo Clementino Caffarelli

The Palazzo Caffarelli, including the oldest nucleus which is known as the Palazzo Clementino, became part of the museum system in 2000.
Restoration work, particularly in the rooms of the Palazzo Clementino, has made it possible to restore the original dimensions of the rooms and to recover parts of the decorative work in what was the Palazzo’s main reception floor.

The original core of the building was built in the late sixteenth century on the Capitoline Hill, where the Caffarellis’ possessions were. The building, leaning against Palazzo dei Conservatori, appeared in city maps since 1593; in modern times it was erroneously called Palazzo Clementino. The Hall of Frescoes and three adjacent rooms belong to the old building, as evidenced by the wooden coffered ceilings and parts of the wall decorations found during restoration, only surviving elements of a decorative apparatus referable to the same period.

Hall of frescoes

Palazzo Clementino Caffarelli - Hall of frescoes

The dimensions and richness of decoration in this room suggest that it was the most important. Some traces of the frescoes which once covered its walls remain. They consisted of large scale images, articulated by columns and architectural elements, and, above the door, small landscape scenes were painted. 
The room is also called the Room of Saint Peter because one of the surviving scenes depicts a cure operated by Saint Peter in front of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Of particular interest is the Hall of Frescoes, whose decoration extended to the other walls, as evidenced by the large fragments preserved. A complex architectural composition with columns and cornices frames a series of frescoes representing sacred scenes, such as the Miracle of Saint Peter, or smaller representations of landscapes in the above panels.

The rich wooden doors of the rooms are worthy of mention, their restoration has brought back the original beauty of the carving and of the gilding. The valuable artefacts were not designed for these rooms, but they were adapted to the doorways with changes and cuts.

Head: Hadrianic period; bust 18th century
inv. MC0270
1st century AD
inv. MC0416

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