Orvieto

The area has been lived in since the 7th century BC and perhaps since the Bronze Age. Generally the city is identified with the Volsinii in Etruscan times  and was at its height during the 6th to 4th centuries BC when it was a flourishing commercial center. The Roman conquest in the 3rd century BC…

Tarquinia tombe Etrusche cerveteri

Cerveteri

Etruscan town of Ceisra, today’s Cerveteri, was built in tufo stone not far from the sea. Thanks to this strategic position it was inhabited in pre-Etruscan, Villanovian times. By the 7th century BC it was a well developed commercial center with solid ties to the Greek colonies and had a sanctuary to Apollo in Delphi.…

acquedotto romano - The necropolis of Tarquinia

The necropolis of Tarquinia

The city of Tarquinia was part of the league of 12 Etruscan cities (dodecapoli) and its influence was so great that the last three mythical kings of Rome were from here. Things changed over the centuries and after the defeat of the formidable coalition of Etruscans, Gauls, Umbirans and Sannites in the battle of Sentinun …

La Fortezza e la Temperanza di A.A. Falaschi - The cardinal virtues

The cardinal virtues

Oil painting on canvas 1756 Anton Angelo Falaschi cm. 50×20   A signed and dated 1756 sketch probably for a painting on the side of the dome of the Gonfalone. In the foreground are two figures identified as Fortitude and Temperance. The group is relaxing on a cloud that seems to float freely in an…

Lapidarium

Following the inspections on the Duomo hill recently the remains of tombs were found. During the works done at the end of the 1800s the pavements in the side naves were removed and with them many tombstones. The finding, first cleaning and recomposition were done with Archeoares and the Tuscia University organizing a temporary exhibition…

Annunciation by Lodovico Mazzanti

Oil painting on canvas Late 17th century Lodovico Mazzanti cm. 97 x 73 The work “Annunciation” was originally in the Suffragio Church before it was given to the Museum del Colle. THE WORK The composition of the painting of the apparition of the Virgin to S. Lucia in the Cathedral of Viterbo includes an impeccable…

Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

Olio su tela Vincenzo Strigelli 1740 cm. 150 x 90   Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew by Viterbo painter Vincenzo Strigelli (1720-1786?) for Bartolomeo Orioli. We have only fragmentary information about the saint’s life. According to tradition he was a missionary in the middle east where he was killed and his skin removed. The best known…