The history of the outstanding collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures - housed at the City Museum - is a complex one. Most of the objects come from the collections of Vespasiano Gonzaga, the nobleman of Sabbioneta who is believed by some to have been the first Italian to design a museum. This bequest, later distributed in various places, was incompletely added to at the time by the Empress Maria Theresa, forming one of the essential collections of the Patrio Museum. But what is more significant is the relationship between the Renaissance and a taste for antiquity. This was so great that Isabella d'Este and her descendants, driven by an insatiable desire for works of art, looked high and wide for artefacts both from the ancient world and from more recent times. Thus, in the halls of today's museum, that spirit that brought about priceless masterpieces by drawing on the models of antiquity, lives on.
Two interesting jugglers are depicted in bas-relief on either side of the cippus. Here is the one on the left, who deftly juggles seven balls: two in his hands, two above his feet and three in mid air. Encapsulating the gymnast's prowess and an elegance of style, the image has a certain energy to it.
Ideato e promosso da / Founded and Promoted by:
Mattia Palazzi (Sindaco del Comune di Mantova) con Lorenza Baroncelli (Assessore alla rigenerazione urbana e del territorio, marketing urbano, progetti e relazioni internazionali del Comune di Mantova )
Coordinamento Scientifico / Scientific Coordinator:
Curatore testi e immagini / Superintendent texts and images:
In collaborazione con / In cooperation with:
Stefano Benetti (Palazzo Te e Musei Civici)
Foto di / Photo by:
Gian Maria Pontiroli
Un ringraziamento speciale a / A special thanks to:
Lo staff di Palazzo Te che ha fatto il turno dalle 19 all’1 del mattino per la gigapixel per tre giorni di fila