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A cast of the moulding of the cornice of the pedestal or base of the Column of Antoninus Pius which stood in the Piazza di Montecitorio, Rome, plaster

Museum number: M997

Curatorial note

The column dedicated to Antoninus Pius was engraved in the Piazza by Piranesi – but is now in the Vatican Museums. Soane’s inventories describe this cast as ‘Piece of Cyma reversa and bead from the Cornice of the Pedestal in the Piazza di Monte Citorio, Rome. The mould from which his cast was made, if not the cast itself, must have been taken from the base between 1741, when it was erected in the centre of the Piazza di Montecitorio and 1787 when it was taken to the Vatican Museum since the cast came to Soane identified with the Piazza di Montecitorio location.


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