The Etruscan treasure of the Castellani family

The Etruscan treasure of the Castellani family
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A selection of the most important archaeological finds and extraordinary jewels from the Castellani Collection arrive in Milan from the Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome. The finds arriving from Rome - over eighty - join the permanent collection of the Art Museum in a process of contamination that follows the exhibition method of the Foundation. The activity of Fortunato Pio Castellani and his sons Alessandro and Augusto, goldsmiths, collectors and dealers in antiquities, is intertwined with the season of great excavation discoveries in the territories formerly inhabited by the Etruscan and Italic populations. The six sections of the exhibition display numerous ancient jewels alongside faithful nineteenth-century reproductions, such as the gold pendant with the head of Achelous; Attic ceramics, such as the kylix attributed to the Phrynos Painter; and Mediterranean ceramics, such as the hydria produced in Caere and attributed to the Pittore dell’Aquila.

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