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Two Archaeological sculptures from Collezione M exhibited in the Tritone Exhibition Space

Fondazione Sorgente group presents to the public two sculptures belonging to the Mainetti Collection “Collezione M”: one in Parian marble of the 4th century BC and another in white Luna marble from the 1st century BC. The statues will remain on show in the Tritone Exhibition Space of Fondazione Sorgente Group for the whole of 2013.

They are part of the exhibition “Athena Nike: the Victory of a Goddess. Greek Marbles of the 5th and the 4th century BC of Fondazione Sorgente Group” together with the statue of Athena Nike and other Greek archaeological sculptures belonging to the Fondazione.

Two archaeological sculptures belonging to Collezione M, “Veiled female head” and “Head of female divinity” will be on display for the whole of 2013 in the Tritone Exhibition Space during the exhibition “Athena Nike: the Victory of a Goddess. Greek Marbles of the 5th and the 4th century BC of Fondazione Sorgente Group”. In fact, the Fondazione, as it received the task of maintaining and enhancing the works of art of the Collezione M, has decided to put on show these two sculptures to enrich the exhibition with the aim of making them known to the public and for them to be admired. The exhibition was inaugurated on February 6th, based on Paola Mainetti’s idea, Vice President of Fondazione Sorgente Group with the multimedia project developed by Paco Lanciano for the recreation of the Athena Nike statue through exciting 3D projections, based on the research conducted by Prof. Eugenio La Rocca.  The “Veiled female head”, in Parian marble, dates to the last 30 years of the 4th century BC, with a well-preserved surface and belongs to Collezione M. The head, slightly smaller than life-sized, is characterized by a long and frail neck, broken at the base and represents a young woman with a harmonious face and with a dreamy expression. It is not possible to ascertain the identity of the figure represented: the precious metal inserts and the presence of a tiara suggest the possibility of it being a votive statue, depicting a young goddess like Kore-Persephone or better yet Aphrodite.

The “Head of female divinity” is made in Luna marble and dates around the end of the 1st century BC. It is cut on the back at the base of the nape and on its left side along the neck attachment and under the chin. This sculpture, belonging to Collezione M, is life size and represents a young woman immersed in an atmosphere of serene composure. Although the face is shattered in certain parts, it is characterized by a high formal quality and an important aesthetic value which make this sculpture highly enjoyable. It probably depicted a young goddess, such as Artemis and it recalls remarkable Classical lines, as revealed by the symmetric disposition of the facial characteristics, in the elegant round shape of the eyes and in the closed lips, and seems to date to the second half of the 1st century BC.

The journey through the ancient world continues in the Tritone Exhibition Space with three Pentelic marble Lekythos, dating back to the first 30 years of 4th century BC, all belonging to the archaeological collection of Fondazione Sorgente Group. A scientific publication regarding the exhibited sculptures, which includes many writings of important scholars from the academic world, was published by De Luca editors.

The exhibition is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30, 12.30, 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm only upon booking (contacts: +39 06 90219051 -