The Colors of the Ara Pacis

Our Blogger: Vanda


During a guided visit visitors to this exhibition will have to chance to see the Ara Pacis in full color, as stood originaly. The feat will be made using  projections of light. Besides, the meaning of the reliefs will be illustrated by an actor who will  read as well classic Roman texts  that will deepen the message of it: a passage from the VIII book of the Eneide, where Virgilio narrates the foundation of Lavinio and the prodigy of the white sow; a passage on the meaning of the deities of the country; and the pages in which Tito Livio is questioned on the origins, the greatness and the decadence of Rome.

ara2The technique of projection has been updated and renewed projectors will allow to modify and to modulate the profiles and the colors in real time. Even if over thousand years of permanence underground on Campo Marzio has cancelled from the monument any trace of color, experts have demonstrated almost beyond doubt that originaly the altar was very colorful, as were most sculptures in ancient Rome; the use of the colors on monuments was usual, even if we all have in our imagination the color-less versions found nowadays in museums and books everywhere.

augusto-di-prima-portaThe choice of the single shades for “the Colors of the Ara Pacis” has been operated on the base of comparisons with other ancient Roman paintings, especially from pompei with the Greek-Roman sculpture.

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Schedule extraordinary Opening of the museum during the last weekends of February, March and April from the hours 20.00 to her times 23.00 (last entry 22.00)
26, 27, February 28 th 2010 26, 27, March 28 th 2010 21, 23, 24, 25 April 2010
Entry ticket: € 8,00
Information: Tel 060608 /
Where: Lungotevere in Augusta (Subway stop Flaminio)