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Roman statue discovered near Venice

A sculpture from Roman times, mostly intact, depicting a male figure sitting on a rock, with his bust leaning forward and curved back, was found on land in the countryside of Altino, an ancient settlement and archaeological site overlooking the North Lagoon of Venice.

Roman statue discovered near Venice
Credit: ANSA

The report to the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the City of Venice and the Lagoon, and to the Carabinieri of the Nucleo Tutela Patrimonio Culturale Lagunare, has prompted archaeologists, who immediately understood the exceptional nature of the discovery, to inspect the find. In a short time, the recovery was entrusted by the Superintendence, in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Veneto Museums, to the archaeologists of the company Malvestio snc of Concordia Sagittaria (Venice), which carried out a stratigraphic excavation, necessary to understand the context and recover other possible artefacts.

The male figure, wrapped in fine drapery, sits with one arm resting on his knees, and holds the collar of his robe with the other. He wears a large cloak, which on his head takes the pointed shape of the typical Phrygian cap.

Roman statue discovered near Venice
Credit: ANSA

His mood is pensive, probably because he is mourning the death of the person buried in the funerary monument to which he belonged.

That the sculpture likely belonged to a mausoleum is also supported from the location of the discovery, near the route of the ancient Via Annia, along which the necropolis of the city was located.

Experts of the Superintendence and the Regional Museums Directorate will study the find and the context of its discovery in depth, in order to make it available to the public in one of the exhibition spaces of the Museum of Altino, perhaps as early as next autumn.

Source: ANSA [trsl. TANN, July 14, 2020]


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